sen·​ti·​ment | \ ˈsen-tə-mənt How to pronounce sentiment (audio) \

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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Synonyms for sentiment


chord, emotion, feeling, passion

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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 tough sentiment to work with when trying to say adios to the movie universe that literally gave birth to the modern 21st-century era of superhero cinema, but director Simon Kinsberg gives it his best effort. David Betancourt, Washington Post, "The reign of Marvel Studios makes Fox’s ‘Dark Phoenix’ irrelevant, whether it’s good or not," 5 June 2019 And how odd a sentiment for someone who grew up in Communist East Germany, a nightmarish state whose collapse was largely attributable to the Reagan-era effort to bankrupt and roll back the Soviet empire. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Is Germany Becoming Germany — Again?," 4 June 2019 Kauffman cited the changing times and the fact that a revival could only disappoint, a sentiment echoed by other cast members including Jennifer Aniston. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "We're Definitely Never Ever Getting a 'Friends' Revival, and This Is Why," 13 Mar. 2019 But many viewers on Twitter said that Maddow expressed a sentiment currently felt by scores of Americans amid the Trump administration's forced separation of migrant children from their parents at the border. Samantha Schmidt,, "Rachel Maddow breaks down in tears on air while reading report on 'tender age' shelters," 20 June 2018 That sentiment dovetails with his longtime political identity as a champion of ordinary working people who were his neighbors in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Michael Scherer, The Seattle Times, "Biden tests assumptions about what Democratic voters want in Trump era," 20 May 2019 The same night, Jungkook shared similarly loving sentiments on the official BTS Twitter account. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "BTS's Jungkook Met Ariana Grande After Her Los Angeles Concert," 8 May 2019 The message echoed a sentiment shared by the Queen after the arrival of Prince George in 2013 and Princess Charlotte in 2015. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Just Shared Her Excitement About Harry and Meghan's Baby," 6 May 2019 However, some supporters were quick to take offense to the sentiment, even offering money to people who deface the mural. Nihal Kolur,, "LeBron James 'King of LA' Mural Vandalized After Fan Offers $300 to Alter it," 8 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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English Language Learners Definition of sentiment

: an attitude or opinion
: feelings of love, sympathy, kindness, etc.


sen·​ti·​ment | \ ˈsen-tə-mənt How to pronounce sentiment (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sentiment (audio) \

Medical Definition of sentiment

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

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