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
Located in the heart of the province, Fallujah has a long history of anti-government sentiment.
There are unwitting victims of this campaign—those who lack the knowledge to separate history from sentiment.
Those same sentiments are expected to be put forth as early as next week with Butler due back in Chicago after spending the last month training in Los Angeles.
Combined with buoyant indicators of sentiment and eurozone...
Trump’s position also flies in the face of public sentiment — 71% of Americans believe the science, and 59% say that protecting the environment is more important than protecting jobs.
Steve Zelin, a partner in the restructuring and special situations group at PJT Partners in New York, echoed that sentiment.
After leaving the U.S. to live in Paris, where European sentiment to diversity was far more accepting, Baker bought a chateau.
Dye doubled down on that Auburn-to-the-East sentiment on his radio show.
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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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