sen·ti·ment | \ ˈsen-tə-mənt \

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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A few of Hickman's supporters have expressed similar sentiments on social media, but Minnema and many who have petitioned against Hickman spoke negatively of the vice mayor's past. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Thousands petition against Dixon vice mayor who wrote ‘hateful,’ homophobic column," 5 July 2018 Her comments follow similar sentiments expressed by Sen. Kamala Harris of California over the past week. CBS News, "With 2020 approaching, some Democrats call to "abolish ICE"," 30 June 2018 Her comments follow similar sentiments expressed by Sen. Kamala Harris of California over the past week. Bill Barrow,, "New rallying cry for Democrats pondering 2020 run for president: 'Abolish ICE'," 29 June 2018 At the general store along Old Route 66, Cary Asel had a similar sentiment. Felicia Fonesca, The Christian Science Monitor, "Rural Arizona grade school stays open during walkouts," 3 May 2018 But among some black lawmakers, her initial sentiment was viewed as out of touch with the party’s base and disrespectful to a party elder with her own national following. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Republicans and Democrats Face Leadership Struggles as House Returns," 8 July 2018 My sentiment's the same as yours in hoping there's a lasting peace for the region. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Just Made History by Visiting the West Bank," 27 June 2018 Chase, in partnership with Pulsenomics, measured results from thousands of survey respondents to gauge their sentiments on market conditions, aspirations for homeownership, and expectations regarding home values and affordability. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Rosy housing outlook in Houston in line with LA, San Diego," 27 June 2018 Echoing his sentiment was John Dampeer, a San Francisco bar veteran who opened and closed a pair of Noe Valley pubs — Caskhouse and Hamlet — within the last year. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Divisadero has become SF’s most prolific new restaurant neighborhood," 8 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of sentiment

: an attitude or opinion

: feelings of love, sympathy, kindness, etc.


sen·ti·ment | \ ˈsen-tə-mənt \

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 \

Medical Definition of sentiment 

1 : an attitude, thought, or judgment colored or prompted by feeling or emotion

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