sentiment

noun
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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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 Despite Russia's crackdown on dissent, antiwar sentiment has seeped through. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 10 May 2022 During the campaign, Mr. Yoon was accused of pandering to widespread sentiment against China as well as an anti-feminist movement led by young South Korean men. New York Times, 10 May 2022 On top of the Fed poisoning überbullish market sentiment on Wall Street, her reputation for stock picking has also suffered despite her long-term conviction in Tesla. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 10 May 2022 In the 1920s and ‘30s, people of different faiths worked together to combat a wave of Ku Klux Klan activity and anti-immigrant sentiment aimed at Catholics and Jews from southern and eastern Europe. Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2022 The overall consumer-sentiment index decreased slightly in April, with concerns about inflation ranking high among people’s worries. Harriet Torry, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Abdul-Latif says patients have attempted suicide due to discrimination, bullying and anti-trans sentiment. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 10 May 2022 With its 40-day correlation with the S&P 500 stock benchmark at a record 0.82, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, any further hit to equities sentiment would risk dragging Bitcoin down as well. al, 9 May 2022 Still, there are differences in tone over the war, and public sentiment in Italy against sending arms to Ukraine is growing. Colleen Barry, ajc, 9 May 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Sentiment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sentiment. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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sentiment

noun
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

sentiment

noun
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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