sentiment

noun
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

Synonyms

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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The tax, known as the six-mill levy, has been voted on once every decade since 1948, and the vote was seen as a bellwether for public sentiment on higher education. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "Higher Education Has Become a Partisan Issue," 5 July 2019 Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico, echoed the sentiment. Motez Bishara, CNN, "MLB London Series: Yankees crush Red Sox as league comes out winning," 1 July 2019 Plenty of the post’s commenters echoed that sentiment. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "This Woman Can’t Orgasm in Front of Her Partner Because She’s so Embarrassed of How She Looks in Bed," 19 June 2019 It’s all done with peppy pop songs, a humorous script and a boot full of heartfelt sentiment, expressed as the common goal overcomes the cultural clashes between the blue-collar factory workers and the outré drag queens. nola.com, "‘Kinky Boots’ kicks up its musical heels at the Saenger," 15 June 2019 Given the waning confidence in the economy, Indians have been reluctant to spend and big-ticket items such as two- and three-wheelers have seen the worst of the poor retail sentiment. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "There are so many unsold cars in India now that automakers are taking forced holidays," 11 June 2019 Teammate Kris Bryant echoed the sentiments in a postgame interview on ESPN. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Commissioner Rob Manfred: MLB will continue focus on fan safety," 5 June 2019 Thank you @jeffreestar & @glamlifeguru for your sentiments. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Tati Westbrook And Jeffree Star Are Both Bowing Out of the Drama, Following James Charles Video," 20 May 2019 Since nationalists look selectively to the past in making their case for a different future, the fluctuations of national sentiment are a good starting-point. The Economist, "The siren call of separatism," 12 July 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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sentiment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sentiment

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

sentiment

noun
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

sentiment

noun
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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