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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That’s a sentiment echoed by some of the supporters of the judicial reform. Kristen Chick, The Christian Science Monitor, "By staying on the job, Poland's top judge fights the right-wing government," 13 July 2018 Guilt is a sentiment that has been taught to us in part by assimilation. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "For Latinx-American Kids, Fear of La Migra Has Always Existed," 3 July 2018 The judge was skeptical that such a sentiment would have been expressed within the typical boundaries of an officer-informant relationship, according to the transcript. Chris Palmer,, "Murder case dropped over fired Philly detective's 'outrageous' misconduct," 3 July 2018 That’s a sentiment that Brown echoed in a statement following his signing of the bill, which came together in just a matter of days. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "The Crazy Story Behind Why California Just Banned Soda Taxes," 29 June 2018 But experts have said that having a regulated medication with standard dosing and supply is crucial for patient safety, a sentiment echoed by Gottlieb in his statement Monday. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "FDA approves country’s first medicine made from marijuana," 25 June 2018 And there is now a strong U.S. sentiment for slapping an embargo on Tobago Sauce. Scott Ostler,, "Fans party at Avaya Stadium as they watch Mexico beat South Korea," 23 June 2018 There is a strong pro-independence sentiment within Taiwan's current ruling party led by Tsai, prompting Beijing to harden its stance and stress its long-standing promise to retake the island by force if necessary. Steven Jiang, CNN, "Washington opens de facto embassy in Taiwan, angering China," 12 June 2018 That’s a sentiment echoed by Russell Riley, Professor and Co-Chair of the Presidential Oral History Program at University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. Alana Abramson, Time, "Richard Nixon Is the Reason President Trump's Aides Have to Repair Documents He Rips Up," 11 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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