sentiment

noun
sen·​ti·​ment | \ ˈsen-tə-mənt How to pronounce sentiment (audio) \

Definition of sentiment

1a : an attitude, thought, or judgment prompted by feeling : predilection
b : a specific view or notion : opinion
2a : emotion
b : refined feeling : delicate sensibility especially as expressed in a work of art
c : emotional idealism
d : a romantic or nostalgic feeling verging on sentimentality
3a : an idea colored by emotion
b : the emotional significance of a passage or expression as distinguished from its verbal context

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feeling, emotion, affection, sentiment, passion mean a subjective response to a person, thing, or situation. feeling denotes any partly mental, partly physical response marked by pleasure, pain, attraction, or repulsion; it may suggest the mere existence of a response but imply nothing about the nature or intensity of it. the feelings that once moved me are gone emotion carries a strong implication of excitement or agitation but, like feeling, encompasses both positive and negative responses. the drama portrays the emotions of adolescence affection applies to feelings that are also inclinations or likings. a memoir of childhood filled with affection for her family sentiment often implies an emotion inspired by an idea. her feminist sentiments are well known passion suggests a very powerful or controlling emotion. revenge became his ruling passion

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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Today also heals an old heartache, evoking sentiment and memories. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 31 July 2020 The sentiment was echoed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who told WNKY in an interview Americans would vote in November. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Republicans dismiss Trump's suggestion to postpone November election," 30 July 2020 The sentiment continuously pops up in Cornyn's fundraising emails. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Texas Republicans sound blue wave alarms as Trump camp mocks idea, leaving Allen West caught in the middle," 29 July 2020 Much of Gaslighter puts a microscope on emotion, and the spare production and sheer power of Maines’ voice make each sentiment acutely felt. Maura Johnston, EW.com, "The Chicks' Gaslighter is all fire and nerve," 13 July 2020 That seemed to be the prevailing sentiment on social media after Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue praised President Trump at a White House ceremony on Thursday afternoon. Raul A. Reyes For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Goya was a staple in Latino households. It likely won't be anymore," 11 July 2020 Still, among many D.C. parents, especially in neighborhoods hit hardest by the virus, an opposite sentiment is scrambling schools’ plans. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "In D.C. wards hit hardest by covid-19, sending kids to school is a risk some parents won’t take," 10 July 2020 Still, these surveys are a helpful indicator to gauge sentiment inside Corporate America. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "China makes a bullish call on the markets, and global stocks take off," 6 July 2020 Mask use somehow got tied up in the heady, conspiratorial brew of rugged individualism, 5G paranoia, and anti-vaxx sentiment. Megan Molteni, Wired, "How Masks Went From Don’t-Wear to Must-Have," 2 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sentiment.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of sentiment

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sentiment

French or Medieval Latin; French, from Medieval Latin sentimentum, from Latin sentire

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The first known use of sentiment was in 1639

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4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sentiment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sentiment. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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sentiment

noun
How to pronounce sentiment (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sentiment

: an attitude or opinion
: feelings of love, sympathy, kindness, etc.

sentiment

noun
sen·​ti·​ment | \ ˈsen-tə-mənt How to pronounce sentiment (audio) \

Kids Definition of sentiment

1 : a thought or attitude influenced by feeling a strong religious sentiment
3 : tender feelings of affection

sentiment

noun
sen·​ti·​ment | \ ˈsent-ə-mənt How to pronounce sentiment (audio) \

Medical Definition of sentiment

1 : an attitude, thought, or judgment colored or prompted by feeling or emotion

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