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

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Tales of unlikely friendships where an explicit power imbalance is at play tend to suffer from their own saccharine aspirations. Carlos Aguilar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Unlikely friendship blossoms in ‘Papi Chulo’," 20 June 2019 Tales of unlikely friendships where an explicit power imbalance is at play tend to suffer from their own saccharine aspirations. Carlos Aguilar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Unlikely friendship blossoms in ‘Papi Chulo’," 20 June 2019 But the Lower East Side spot slapped the skepticism out of me: the flavors—hojicha, matcha, sesame butter, black sesame, Hong Kong milk tea, coconut—are intense and, shockingly, not saccharine-sweet. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "The Hype Ice Cream I’m Willing to Wait in Long, Near-Rioting Lines For," 18 June 2019 Sally Mann’s images counter a saccharine, naive notion of childhood and show how children’s lives can be fraught with violence, shame, confusion, and fear, as well as joy and grace. The New York Review of Books, "Carole Naggar," 25 May 2019 Layer a Hoodie Under Your Dressy Coat Save a ladylike look from becoming saccharine; pair fancy materials like feathers and faux fur with the iconic symbol of street cred: a hoodie. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "10 Styling Tips from the Fall Runways to Try Now," 19 Mar. 2019 Tales of unlikely friendships where an explicit power imbalance is at play tend to suffer from their own saccharine aspirations. latimes.com, "Reviews: Matt Bomer in ‘Papi Chulo’; Seth Green’s ‘Changeland’; and more," 7 June 2019 Already she’s amped up the saccharine in her personal style: from the fresh pink streaks in her hair to that sumptuous pastel J. Mendel gown at this week’s Time 100 gala, Swift’s Me era has started with a bang. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Taylor Swift’s “Me” Took Its Pastel Dreamscape Fresh Off the Runways," 26 Apr. 2019 If hair wasn't XXL or saturated in a fresh saccharine shade, it was plastered to the head to make way for mesmerizing headpieces. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Camp Beauty Trends at the Met Gala, From Neon Gazes to Ceiling-Bound Hair," 7 May 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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saccharine

adjective

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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