sentiment

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noun sen·ti·ment \ ˈsen-tə-mənt \

Definition of sentiment

1 a :an attitude, thought, or judgment prompted by feeling :predilection
b :a specific view or notion :opinion
2 a :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
3 a :an idea colored by emotion
b :the emotional significance of a passage or expression as distinguished from its verbal context

Examples of sentiment in a Sentence

  1. His criticism of the court's decision expresses a sentiment that is shared by many people.

  2. an expression of antiwar sentiments

  3. She likes warmth and sentiment in a movie.

  4. You have to be tough to succeed in the business world. There's no room for sentiment.

Recent Examples of sentiment from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of sentiment

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

Synonym Discussion of sentiment

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


SENTIMENT Defined for English Language Learners

sentiment

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Definition of sentiment for English Language Learners

  • : an attitude or opinion

  • : feelings of love, sympathy, kindness, etc.


SENTIMENT Defined for Kids

sentiment

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noun sen·ti·ment \ ˈsen-tə-mənt \

Definition of sentiment for Students

1 :a thought or attitude influenced by feeling
  • a strong religious sentiment
2 :opinion 1
3 :tender feelings of affection

Medical Dictionary

sentiment

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noun sen·ti·ment \ ˈsent-ə-mənt \

medical Definition of sentiment

1 :an attitude, thought, or judgment colored or prompted by feeling or emotion
2 :emotion 2, feeling 2


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