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

Other Words from saccharine

saccharinity \ ˌsa-​kə-​ˈri-​nə-​tē How to pronounce saccharine (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 This saccharine facade of Homelander being Captain America. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 5 June 2022 There is no saccharine happily-ever-after in which Johnny suddenly becomes a world-class dad, but their brief time together does change him. Hilary Weaver, ELLE, 1 June 2022 Sweetness becomes saccharine and nostalgia a crutch. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 The overall message from these flashbacks is that Mormon history is not as saccharine or as faith-promoting as church members like Pyre have been taught to believe. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 That flurry of pastel tulips and cabbage roses had a distinctly feminine vibe, often too saccharine for male tastes. Yelena Moroz Alpert, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 None of the bars are overly saccharine, but the Smooth Coconut Praline is probably the sweetest of the bunch—like a more sophisticated Mounds bar (which is literally just ultra-sugary shredded coconut covered in chocolate). Bon Appétit, 27 Apr. 2022 If these mattresses were available half off all year round, the sweetness of the deal would soon turn unpleasantly saccharine. Mary Gulino, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2022 The saccharine, unpretentious charm of supermarket sheet cake and box mix Betty Crocker confections is known to all, so a spritz of Marissa Zappas’ irreverent Annabel’s Birthday Cake taps into your scent memories. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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1 Jul 2022

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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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