[ sen-tuh-muhnt ]
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  1. an attitude toward something; regard; opinion.

  2. a mental feeling; emotion: a sentiment of pity.

  1. refined or tender emotion; manifestation of the higher or more refined feelings.

  2. exhibition or manifestation of feeling or sensibility, or appeal to the tender emotions, in literature, art, or music.

  3. a thought influenced by or proceeding from feeling or emotion.

  4. 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

First recorded in 1325–75; from Medieval Latin sentīmentum, equivalent to Latin sentī(re) “to feel” + -mentum-ment; replacing Middle English sentement, from Old French, from Medieval Latin, as above

synonym study For sentiment

1. See opinion. 3. Sentiment, sentimentality are terms for sensitiveness to emotional feelings. Sentiment is a sincere and refined sensibility, a tendency to be influenced by emotion rather than reason or fact: to appeal to sentiment. Sentimentality implies affected, excessive, sometimes mawkish sentiment: weak sentimentality.

Other words from sentiment

  • sen·ti·ment·less, adjective

Words that may be confused with sentiment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sentiment in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sentiment


/ (ˈsɛntɪmənt) /

  1. susceptibility to tender, delicate, or romantic emotion: she has too much sentiment to be successful

  2. (often plural) a thought, opinion, or attitude

  1. exaggerated, overindulged, or mawkish feeling or emotion

  2. an expression of response to deep feeling, esp in art or literature

  3. a feeling, emotion, or awareness: a sentiment of pity

  4. a mental attitude modified or determined by feeling: there is a strong revolutionary sentiment in his country

  5. a feeling conveyed, or intended to be conveyed, in words

Origin of sentiment

C17: from Medieval Latin sentīmentum, from Latin sentīre to feel

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