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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Enter Giambattista Valli's string of finale ball gowns for his latest Haute Couture presentation, each one grander and more pleated, tiered and saccharine pink than the next. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Can You Wear Haute Couture In Real Life?," 7 Aug. 2017 This continues to be my least favorite film to look at, with its latest trailer showing even more of its saccharine, dreamy world filled with loads of uncanny-valley CGI. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Slender Man, Alita: Battle Angel, and a heist film from RZA," 28 July 2018 For the pink-tinged makeup look that walked that perfect line between sweet and saccharine, Jenn said the theme all started with the dress. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "All the Details on Mandy Moore's Gorgeous Wedding Makeup," 20 Nov. 2018 That system is represented and caricatured here in the form of a saccharine, double-talking case manager (Nancy Giles) at Colossal Care Insurance. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Good for Otto,’ a Case of Psychiatrist, Shrink Thyself," 8 Mar. 2018 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

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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

formal : 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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