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)