The definition of a sentiment is a combination of beliefs and emotions that explains an action.
An example of sentiment is someone being so patriotic that they decorate their house with many flags from their country.
- a complex combination of feelings and opinions as a basis for action or judgment; general emotionalized attitude: the sentiment of romantic love
- a thought, opinion, judgment, or attitude, usually the result of careful consideration, but often colored with emotion: often used in pl.
- susceptibility to feeling or to emotional appeal; sensibility
- appeal to the emotions in literature or art; expression of delicate, sensitive feeling
- sentimentality; maudlin emotion
- a short sentence or aphorism expressing some thought or wish, as in a toast
- the thought or meaning behind something said, done, or given, as distinct from the literal statement, act, etc.
Origin of sentimentMiddle English sentement ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin sentimentum ; from Classical Latin sentire, to feel, sense
- A thought, view, or attitude, especially one based mainly on emotion instead of reason: An anti-American sentiment swept through the country. See Synonyms at view.
- a. Emotion; feeling: Different forms of music convey different kinds of sentiment.b. Tender or romantic feeling: felt strong sentiment for each other.c. Maudlin emotion; sentimentality: “He called her ‘beloved madame,’ and many other endearments, delivered with gallant mushiness, irony damascened with sentiment” (Robert D. Richardson).
- The thought or emotion that underlies a remark or gesture: The child's gift was ridiculous, but the sentiment behind it moved the mother to tears.
- The expression of delicate and sensitive feeling, especially in art and literature.
Origin of sentimentMiddle English sentement, from Old French, from Medieval Latin sentīmentum, from Latin sentīre, to feel; see sent- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural sentiments)