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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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Recent Examples on the Web Despite her sweet sentiments, Chambers’ departure feels abrupt and leaves a lot more questions than answers. Tara Edwards,, "Ellen Pompeo Is Just As Upset As You That Justin Chambers Is Leaving Grey’s Anatomy," 11 Jan. 2020 Tragically, this reversal in Iraqi sentiment toward the United States has occurred at a moment when large sections of Iraqi society, Sunni and Shiite alike, were mobilizing against Iranian interference. Abbas Milani, The New York Review of Books, "The Minimal Value of Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran," 8 Jan. 2020 In Translation: The term, when used to describe stocks, refers to changes in investor sentiment. WSJ, "Investing in Funds & ETFs," 2 Jan. 2020 Those sentiments included: Dream big, make history; be innovative; don't fear failure; and discover and create. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, "Opening day draws nearer for LR school," 26 Dec. 2019 In following years, friends say, his views changed and his anti-war sentiments became more pronounced. Steve Rubenstein,, "Shipbuilders begin work on the Navy vessel named for Harvey Milk," 20 Dec. 2019 Such a person can then manage tribute posts on the memorial profile, by choosing who can see those posts or contribute their own sentiments. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "What happens to your Facebook and Twitter accounts after you die?," 12 Dec. 2019 And the fans that congratulated, high-fived or embraced the Buffs’ junior receiver were almost unanimous in their sentiment on Senior Night: Please stay. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Laviska Shenault has 3 letters for CU Buffs fans who don’t want him in 2020 NFL Draft: LOL," 26 Nov. 2019 Her sentiments were echoed by another senior Obama official, Valerie Jarrett., "Still, the comments prompted several former White House officials to reject the claim and led some to tweet copies of the notes they left for their incoming Trump-appointed counterparts. In a tweet, former national security adviser Susan Rice called the accusations “another bald faced lie.”," 19 Nov. 2019

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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The first known use of sentiment was in 1639

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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sentiment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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