saccharine

adjective
sac·​cha·​rine | \ ˈsa-k(ə-)rən How to pronounce saccharine (audio) , -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 How to pronounce saccharinity (audio) \ noun

Examples of saccharine in a Sentence

the movie was funny, but it had a saccharine ending in which everyone lives happily ever after
Recent Examples on the Web And though the overall shift has been gradual, the past few years have seen the networks’ few remaining standouts wrap up, only to be replaced by formulaic doctor and lawyer shows, saccharine family sitcoms and bland reality competitions. Judy Berman, Time, "The Good Place Became the Last Great Sitcom on Network TV by Daring Its Audience to Be Better," 23 Jan. 2020 The show is never saccharine, nor angry—just compassionate. The Economist, "The best television shows of the year, as chosen by The Economist," 20 Dec. 2019 Some film fans cringe at its saccharine elements, like the adorable child, played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who is helped by stepdad Liam Neeson to woo a classmate. BostonGlobe.com, "LONDON — “Love, Actually” is all around this year in Britain’s pre-Christmas election.," 11 Dec. 2019 All of Spears's early ballads are, admittedly, quite saccharine, but this one is just a bit too sincere. 9. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Britney Spears's 10 Best (and Worst) Songs of All Time," 27 Nov. 2019 Each episode managed to convey something poignant and true about the challenges of growing up without ever dipping into saccharine territory. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "9 things we'd like to see in the Lizzie McGuire revival," 3 Jan. 2020 Every character left standing received a saccharine coda. Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, "'Game of Thrones,' Trump's border and an 'OK' symbol: Our most-read stories of 2019," 17 Dec. 2019 In Ars' eyes, at least, the show pivoted to more of a saccharine delivery system. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Watchmen, not Game of Thrones, proved to be HBO’s show of the decade," 16 Dec. 2019 Some film fans cringe at its saccharine elements, like the adorable child, played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who is helped by stepdad Liam Neeson to woo a classmate. BostonGlobe.com, "LONDON — “Love, Actually” is all around this year in Britain’s pre-Christmas election.," 11 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of saccharine was circa 1674

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26 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Saccharine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saccharine. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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More Definitions for saccharine

saccharine

adjective
How to pronounce saccharine (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of saccharine

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

saccharine

adjective
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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