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.
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Recent Examples on the Web This sentiment among the relatively well off is actually pretty common. Clio Chang, The New Republic, 16 July 2021 And this sentiment, beyond being so obviously mirrored in Mennella’s listening habits, has also taken a concrete form in those of Landolt’s colleagues. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 13 July 2021 Some furnishings that echo this sentiment include a fringed green velvet sofa designed by Alexa Hampton for Theodore Alexander Furniture and an eye-catching floral chair from GP & J Baker. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 9 July 2021 Nassib echoed this sentiment in his announcement on Monday. Joelle Goldstein,, 25 June 2021 As the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King, who was assassinated by a white man, this sentiment was understandable, even though she was raised in a family that preach love in the face of hatred. John Baldoni, Forbes, 18 June 2021 The sentiment is clear — postpone until the sky is blue again — but determining when that will be can be tricky for both student loan borrowers and policymakers. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 6 July 2021 The sentiment of some conservatives is that a line was drawn when Colin Kaepernick, a former NFL quarterback, set off a national movement protesting the shootings of Black men by police by taking a knee during the anthem in 2016., 3 July 2021 When anti-Taliban sentiment is so strong, why is the Afghan government so weak – and distrusted? Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 July 2021

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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The first known use of sentiment was in 1639

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24 Jul 2021

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“Sentiment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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