maudlin

[ mawd-lin ]
/ ˈmɔd lɪn /
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adjective

tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental: a maudlin story of a little orphan and her lost dog.
foolishly or mawkishly sentimental because of drunkenness.

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Origin of maudlin

1500–10; special use of Maudlin,Middle English Maudelen ≪ Late Latin Magdalēnē<Greek Magdalēnḗ Mary Magdalene, portrayed in art as a weeping penitent

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British Dictionary definitions for maudlin

maudlin
/ (ˈmɔːdlɪn) /

adjective

foolishly tearful or sentimental, as when drunk

Derived forms of maudlin

maudlinism, nounmaudlinly, adverbmaudlinness, noun

Word Origin for maudlin

C17: from Middle English Maudelen Mary Magdalene, typically portrayed as a tearful penitent
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