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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And being able to show that sentiment in a movie like that with Desiree Akhavan, a bisexual Iranian-American director, was perfect. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chloë Grace Moretz Reveals Why She's Drawn to Roles that Subvert Gender," 11 Oct. 2018 That sentiment has been echoed by Maine moderate Sen. Susan Collins, considered a potential swing vote. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Supreme Court set to begin new term with empty seat amid Kavanaugh uncertainty," 24 Sep. 2018 And his former coach was none too pleased about that sentiment. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella rips ex-player Jack Johnson in expletive-filled tirade," 2 July 2018 That sentiment travels from hair all the way down to footwear. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "You Can Buy the Exact Reebok Sneakers the Women of 'GLOW' Wear This Season," 29 June 2018 That sentiment was repeated by roving pitching coach A.J. Sager, Erie manager Andrew Graham and SeaWolves pitching coach and ex-Tiger Willie Blair. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers Alex Faedo focused on improving, not velocity, in Erie," 29 June 2018 That sentiment played out in real time -- for all the world to see -- as Trump shook hands with Kim, smiled and reveled in the moment Tuesday. Jeremy Diamond, Jeff Zeleny And Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump resets the world stage," 13 June 2018 Brown, the trainer, might agree with that sentiment. Kalyn Kahler,, "A Saturday at the Belmont With Gronk," 11 June 2018 Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner, who as custodian of the remains helped facilitate a burial of five veterans here last year, shared that sentiment while reading the names of those laid to rest Friday. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Unclaimed by families, 8 veterans get final salute at Fort Sam," 1 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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