The jibe is off-key too because Wilde himself was hardly immune to the sentimental and even the mawkish.
mawkish and over-mellow becometh the fruit in their hands: unsteady, and withered at the top, doth their look make the fruit-tree.
For mawkish, sentimental religion the Count had an honest contempt.
This is no time for trifling, nor for mawkish sentimentality.
They are a weakening of moral fiber, a waste of mawkish sentimentality.
But it seems to me that the new-fashioned ideas are as mawkish as the old ones were brutal.
I hate 'em when they make parting scenes: it's too mawkish!'
Pope's translation is mawkish, and his "adieu, my dear, adieu!"
Often there is to the style a mawkish Sunday-school juvenile flavor.
But mawkish and canting as he was apt to be, he often shewed a fine appreciation of detail.