Maudlin meaning

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Effusively sad or full of self-pity; extremely sentimental.
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The definition of maudlin is someone who is overly sentimental, often in a tearful way or as a result of consuming alcohol.

An example of someone who would be described as maudlin is a person who has had a few drinks and is now tearfully weepy about her lost loves.

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Foolishly and tearfully or weakly sentimental.
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Affectionate or sentimental in an effusive, tearful, or foolish manner, especially because of drunkenness. [from 17th c.]
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Tearfully sentimental from too much liquor.
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(botany, now historical) Either of two aromatic plants, costmary or sweet yarrow. [from 15th c.]
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Origin of maudlin

  • Alteration of (Mary) Magdalene who was frequently depicted as a tearful penitent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English form of Mary Magdalene (typically depicted weeping), ultimately from Late Latin Magdalena.

    From Wiktionary