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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Although 2017 was a relatively calm and scandal-light year for banks that have been under heavy scrutiny since the financial crisis, public sentiment has not grown more positive. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and 8 Other Companies We Love to Hate," 10 July 2018 Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, a Himalayan territory divided between India and Pakistan but claimed by both in its entirety. Fox News, "Strike, curfew shuts Kashmir on rebel's death anniversary," 8 July 2018 There is even a Bush chew toy for dogs whose owners are presumably Democrats, along with stress balls and voodoo dolls from the late '00s when anti-Bush sentiment ran high. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Happy birthday to George W. Bush, the most doll-friendly president," 6 July 2018 Local radio, television, Internet and newspaper reporters have not been immune from anti-news-media sentiment. Alberto Ibargüen, star-telegram, "Support local news –it’s crucial to our lives and our democracy," 5 July 2018 Those sentiments reflected the results of a two-week survey of nearly 2,700 people. Mikaela Porter,, "Malloy Says Financial Tech Company Will Relocate To Former UConn Campus In West Hartford," 3 July 2018 There’s very much anti-police sentiment in some communities. Alexis Stevens, ajc, "Georgia on pace to double deadly officer-involved shootings in 2018," 3 July 2018 No Grown-Ups Allowed is hardly a new sentiment among teens. Justin Jacobs, Indianapolis Star, "Greenwood teen has 3M fans. But after being bullied, she goes to school alone," 6 July 2018 Expressing a similar sentiment, Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams suggested the NBA change its playoff format so that the top 16 teams overall, and not the top eight teams from each conference, earn playoff bids. Michael Mccann,, "DeMarcus Cousins and the NBA's Efforts to Keep Competitive Balance," 3 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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Phrases Related to sentiment

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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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