sen·​ti·​ment ˈsen-tə-mənt How to pronounce sentiment (audio)
: an attitude, thought, or judgment prompted by feeling : predilection
: a specific view or notion : opinion
: refined feeling : delicate sensibility especially as expressed in a work of art
: emotional idealism
: a romantic or nostalgic feeling verging on sentimentality
: an idea colored by emotion
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web That was not the sentiment of a Democratic couple from Riverside who saw Newsom and his wife on a tour of the Roman Forum after the speech. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 These tactics are on top of its consistent discount efforts, which McMillon said have been key to Walmart continuing to resonate with its consumer base—particularly as consumer sentiment reaches a six-month low despite cooling inflation—and have kept analysts upbeat on the company. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for sentiment 

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Word History


French or Medieval Latin; French, from Medieval Latin sentimentum, from Latin sentire

First Known Use

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of sentiment was in 1639

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Cite this Entry

“Sentiment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


sen·​ti·​ment ˈsent-ə-mənt How to pronounce sentiment (audio)
: a thought or attitude influenced by feeling
: a certain notion : opinion
: tender feelings of affection or yearning

Medical Definition


sen·​ti·​ment ˈsent-ə-mənt How to pronounce sentiment (audio)
: an attitude, thought, or judgment colored or prompted by feeling or emotion

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