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


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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In Triple-A, Betts quickly gave further validation to those sentiments., "Mookie Betts’s first taste of a major league clubhouse made him grateful for a demotion," 13 Aug. 2019 Gordon-Byrne's comments echo sentiments The Repair Association and others have shared in recent years on the state of repairing technology and household goods in the U.S. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Is Hobbling iPhones With Batteries Replaced Outside of Authorized Repair Shops. Is That Even Legal?," 9 Aug. 2019 All that was best about the old Raffles remains—the scale, the sentiment, the whitewashed walls and groaning teak floorboards, the ceiling fans and brass buttons, the lobby, the Long Bar, the Tiffin Room, the Palm Court. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Raffles Singapore Review: First In," 8 Aug. 2019 Richey echoed the sentiments of Manneh, who has spoken about his time in Vancouver as being a positive experience. Luke Feliciano,, "Spencer Richey prepares to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC for the first time," 31 July 2019 Wilson echoed those sentiments and said this year people will be able to see a lot more of his teammates’ abilities on the defensive side of the ball. Chaunte'l Powell,, "FSU coach Willie Taggart, players confident they will surprise skeptics in 2019," 19 July 2019 Several other police officers in distant provinces echoed those sentiments in interviews with The New York Times, praising General Sadat’s can-do attitude and willingness to lead from the front. New York Times, "Young Afghan General Tries to Reform Police With American Way of War," 12 July 2019 Many of us descendants of earlier immigrants from those countries take extreme umbrage at those sentiments. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: What radical politician made this proclamation?," 7 July 2019 Manager Dave Roberts echoed those sentiments, passing this weekend off as a small bump in the road. Jack Harris,, "Dodgers are heading into All-Star break on three-game losing streak," 7 July 2019

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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English Language Learners Definition of sentiment

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


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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