- an attitude toward something; regard; opinion.
- a mental feeling; emotion: a sentiment of pity.
- refined or tender emotion; manifestation of the higher or more refined feelings.
- exhibition or manifestation of feeling or sensibility, or appeal to the tender emotions, in literature, art, or music.
- a thought influenced by or proceeding from feeling or emotion.
- the thought or feeling intended to be conveyed by words, acts, or gestures as distinguished from the words, acts, or gestures themselves.
Origin of sentiment
Examples from the Web for sentiment
Throughout the progressive movement, this sentiment is echoed almost everywhere.Why the Left Loves Warren, But Won’t Swoon for Sanders
December 19, 2014
Now, the key is to hold on to that sentiment and use the popular support as leverage.Eric Garner Protesters Have a Direct Line to City Hall
December 11, 2014
So to hear such fervent anti-Ortega sentiment from previously devoted campesinos and compañeros is unprecedented.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
That the sentiment is increasingly and simplistically being associated with Islam is as problematic as it seems inevitable.Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence
October 29, 2014
The sentiment shared across platforms at the meeting was anger at the press for sensationalizing the problem.New York Nurses Are the Calm in Ebola’s Storm
October 21, 2014
The sentiment in the mind of every citizen is national strength.
It must have been written for the occasion, for the sentiment of it was in accordance with the prayer.
The love of money absorbed or made subservient every other sentiment.
With that sentiment gushing from my soul, might I not leave all the rest to Him?Sunday at Home (From "Twice Told Tales")
It's a jolly sight better than sentiment when it comes to marrying.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
- susceptibility to tender, delicate, or romantic emotionshe has too much sentiment to be successful
- (often plural) a thought, opinion, or attitude
- exaggerated, overindulged, or mawkish feeling or emotion
- an expression of response to deep feeling, esp in art or literature
- a feeling, emotion, or awarenessa sentiment of pity
- a mental attitude modified or determined by feelingthere is a strong revolutionary sentiment in his country
- a feeling conveyed, or intended to be conveyed, in words
Word Origin and History for sentiment
late 14c., sentement, "personal experience, one's own feeling," from Old French sentement (12c.), from Medieval Latin sentimentum "feeling, affection, opinion," from Latin sentire "to feel" (see sense (n.)).
Meaning "what one feels about something" (1630s) and modern spelling seem to be a re-introduction from French (where it was spelled sentiment by 17c.). A vogue word mid-18c. with wide application, commonly "a thought colored by or proceeding from emotion" (1762), especially as expressed in literature or art. The 17c. sense is preserved in phrases such as my sentiments exactly.