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Monday, September 20, 1999

Definitions for maudlin

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

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Citations for maudlin
Dylan sings just one song, "The Love That Faded," and it has an archetypal Williams lyric, melancholy verging on maudlin, with terrific poetic compression: "Brown eyes, blue eyes, they’re all the same / None are for me, I’ve lost this game." Ben Greenman, "Not Alone, Not Forsake," The New Yorker, October 10, 2011
Now Katya understood that Mr. Kidder was joking: the wistful old-man yearning, the maudlin words, were meant to be funny. Katya laughed, to indicate she got the joke. Joyce Carol Oates, A Fair Maiden, 2009
Origin of maudlin
Maudlin entered English in the early 1500s. It stems from the Greek word Magdalēnḗ referring to Mary Magdalene, who was portrayed in art as a weeping penitent.