- maugham, william somerset
Origin of maudlin
Examples from the Web for maudlin
Whenever the script seems ready to surrender to maudlin excess, Gosling and McAdams are there to pull it back.A Love Letter to ‘The Notebook,’ a Melodrama That Commits to Its Sentimentality|Teo Bugbee|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Also, beyond incompetence, he was meant to be weak, vain and maudlin.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers|Nik Cohn|February 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is a book that cries out like one of his maudlin ditties to be edited.
How can you write about that earlier self without being either patronizing or maudlin?
That kind of maudlin touch is what we expect … and live for.Best 2013 Oscar Moments: Red Carpet, Anne Hathaway & More (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|February 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I thought you scoffed at all baritones, and only delighted in maudlin tenors and anticking sopranos.The Dominant Strain|Anna Chapin Ray
The men of Lewis and Skye tackled the liquid bounty with great glee, and soon were in a state of maudlin intoxication.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland|Daniel Turner Holmes
The maudlin stockman had indeed to be restrained by his neighbors from precipitating himself upon the barrels of Stingaree.Stingaree|E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
One moment he was in maudlin tears and the next he was cracking some miserable joke about the disaster.The Johnstown Horror|James Herbert Walker
Gorki's cheap sentiment, and maudlin pity, often result in clap-trap and padding which are foreign to the artist proper.Maxim Gorki|Hans Ostwald
Word Origin for maudlin
c.1600, "tearful," from Middle English fem. proper name Maudelen (early 14c.), from Magdalene (Old French Madelaine), woman's name, originally surname of Mary the repentant sinner forgiven by Jesus in Luke vii:37 (see Magdalene). In paintings, she often was shown weeping as a sign of repentance. Meaning "characterized by tearful sentimentality" is recorded by 1630s.