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.
Recent Examples on the Web Vargas echoes that sentiment, expressing her joy over the inclusivity of her Target collection, down to even the photoshoots to show off her clothes. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2022 The album’s title was a response to a simple sentiment the band wanted to capture in response to the difficult past few years. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 13 Sep. 2022 France had maintained a group of 5,100 peacekeeping troops in the region but withdrew in mid-August due to anti-European sentiment. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 11 Sep. 2022 Recognizing and listening to that sentiment could be a replicable strategy for other Democrats. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 30 Aug. 2022 Neda Navab, president of brokerage operations at real estate company Compass, echoes a similar sentiment. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2022 Kara Hanley, who got married in Dumbo, echoes this sentiment. André-naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 16 Aug. 2022 That echoes a sentiment among other big investors who view the downturn as a chance to build a stronger crypto industry. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 Major echoes this sentiment, and also reminds passengers that air crew experience travel frustrations from the other side too. CNN, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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22 Sep 2022

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“Sentiment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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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


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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