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.
Recent Examples of sentiment from the Web
That could nourish protectionist sentiment, or prompt other countries to increase state support for their own firms.
That sentiment is echoed by both Birchby and Solomon.
The garden was originally inspired by the founders' experience at Chicago's 1933 Century of Progress World's Fair, and the sentiments of international peace and friendship promoted by the fair.
Few places have seen more of a surge in pro-building sentiment than the Bay Area, where development has traditionally been hampered by objections from neighbors concerned with the downsides of density.
But such sentiments were drowned out by unending comparisons to other people who had to work on the Fourth, too.
If that sounds like a slightly jaded sentiment from a singer-songwriter fresh out of her more experimental 20s, there’s good reason.
Naomi Tsu, deputy legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said the letter's sentiments are correct.
However, these LGBTQ-friendly sentiments have been reversed by the current administration and not a single word was said about Pride Month during June.
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Origin and Etymology of sentiment
French or Medieval Latin; French, from Medieval Latin sentimentum, from Latin sentire
First Known Use: 1639See Words from the same year
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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