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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Synonyms for sentiment

Synonyms

chord, emotion, feeling, passion

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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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There are two broad ways to think about asset prices, both perfectly reasonable: driven by sentiment, and driven by fundamentals. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Why the Market Rebounded and What Comes Next," 12 Mar. 2019 Rodriguez also took to his Instagram Story to share sentiments about soulmates before making the big engagement announcement. Jamie Cuccinelli, Allure, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Are Engaged and Her Ring Is Massive," 10 Mar. 2019 Seventeen put out a call on social media to hear from high schoolers, and a lot of teens shared this sentiment. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "LGBTQ Teens Share Their Experiences Attending Prom," 11 Feb. 2019 Nihiser echoed Romero's sentiments about School of Rock being a place where everyone is accepted. Taylor Palmby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "School of Rock students show power of teamwork and electric guitars at Summerfest," 7 July 2018 Now hedge-fund manager David Einhorn, once seen as a new-era Mr. Buffett, is taking that sentiment to heart. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "David Einhorn, Sunny Side Up," 28 Feb. 2019 Jonathan, who People reports is a retired judge, echoed his future bride’s sentiments with a collage of his own. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Law & Order' Star Elisabeth Röhm Is Engaged and Her Ring Is Unbelievable," 31 Jan. 2019 Consumer-sentiment indexSource: University of Michigan Surveys ofConsumersSource: University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers Some analysts are still cautious about retail’s recent rebound in a marketplace increasingly dominated by Amazon. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Earnings Season to Offer Next Test for Retail Stocks," 15 Feb. 2019 While the conversation surrounding mental illness is definitely improving in both its frequency and its sentiment, unfortunately, many still feel stigmatized. Molly Burford, Teen Vogue, "4 Ways You Might Accidentally Be Perpetuating Mental Health Stigma," 28 Dec. 2018

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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sentiment

noun

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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