sac·​cha·​rine | \ˈsa-k(ə-)rən, -kə-ˌrēn, -kə-ˌrīn\

Definition of saccharine 

1a : of, relating to, or resembling that of sugar saccharine taste

b : yielding or containing sugar saccharine vegetables

2 : overly or sickishly sweet saccharine flavor

3 : ingratiatingly or affectedly agreeable or friendly

4 : overly sentimental : mawkish a saccharine love story

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Other Words from saccharine

saccharinity \ ˌsa-​kə-​ˈri-​nə-​tē \ noun

Examples of saccharine in a Sentence

the movie was funny, but it had a saccharine ending in which everyone lives happily ever after

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Betty still has her uniform of saccharine colors and a perky ponytail, but this version has a lot more agency. Annina Mislin, Glamour, "You Don't Know the Real Lili Reinhart," 12 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, Amma's bedroom is much more modern, and of course, seriously saccharine. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "See the Victorian Mansion-Inspired Sets Where 'Sharp Objects' Was Filmed," 5 Aug. 2018 The lineup featured three new fragrances: Peach (a juicy nectarine and peach scent), Cherry (a saccharine musky berry formula), and Vibes (a fruity citrus eau), which comes in a bottle shaped as a playful speech bubble. Helena Yeung, Teen Vogue, "KKW Beauty Is Being Sued Over New KKW Kimoji Vibes Perfume," 19 July 2018 Subtle greens, like greys, complement both milky and darker skin tones, while offering an alternative to bridal's saccharine pastels. Christian Oth, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sheer Genius: Bridal's New Sexy," 19 May 2017 Apparently a fairly traditional, saccharine power ballad. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 98 Greatest Songs of 1998: Critics' Picks," 29 May 2018 This year a new crop of sophisticated fruit scents has arrived, with far more finesse, imagination and subtle charm than the saccharine offerings of summers past. New York Times, "This Summer, Smell Like Fruit Salad," 2 July 2018 Besides the menagerie of glittering headpieces, such as Romee Strijd’s Ziegfeld Girl–esque crown of stars, there were a slew of saccharine wigs created by Victoria Hunter, colorist and co-owner of New York City’s Whittemore House Salon. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Model Got a Marilyn Monroe–Inspired Makeover for the Dolce & Gabbana Runway," 9 Apr. 2018 Pistachio triangles had the perfect rich flaky, honeyed (but not overwhelmingly saccharine) balance; bird’s nests, made with crunchy-crisp shredded filo, were even better. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Halal cuisine has blossomed around Sacramento. Here's a rundown of places to check out," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of saccharine

circa 1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for saccharine

Latin saccharum

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English Language Learners Definition of saccharine

: too sweet or sentimental : sweet or sentimental in a way that does not seem sincere or genuine


sac·​cha·​rine | \ˈsak-(ə-)rən also -ə-ˌrēn or -ə-ˌrīn\

Medical Definition of saccharine 

1a : of, relating to, or resembling that of sugar saccharine taste

b : yielding or containing sugar a saccharine fluid

2 : overly or sickeningly sweet saccharine flavor

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