Definition of sentiment
3a : an idea colored by emotionb : the emotional significance of a passage or expression as distinguished from its verbal context
Examples of sentiment in a sentence
His criticism of the court's decision expresses a sentiment that is shared by many people.
an expression of antiwar sentiments
She likes warmth and sentiment in a movie.
You have to be tough to succeed in the business world. There's no room for sentiment.
Origin and Etymology of sentiment
French or Medieval Latin; French, from Medieval Latin sentimentum, from Latin sentire
First Known Use: 1639
Synonym Discussion of sentiment
opinion, view, belief, conviction, persuasion, sentiment mean a judgment one holds as true. opinion implies a conclusion thought out yet open to dispute. each expert seemed to have a different opinion view suggests a subjective opinion. very assertive in stating his views belief implies often deliberate acceptance and intellectual assent. a firm belief in her party's platform conviction applies to a firmly and seriously held belief. the conviction that animal life is as sacred as human persuasion suggests a belief grounded on assurance (as by evidence) of its truth. was of the persuasion that everything changes sentiment suggests a settled opinion reflective of one's feelings. her feminist sentiments are well-known
SENTIMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sentiment for English Language Learners
: an attitude or opinion
: feelings of love, sympathy, kindness, etc.
SENTIMENT Defined for Kids
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