Sentiment meaning

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A complex combination of feelings and opinions as a basis for action or judgment; general emotionalized attitude.

The sentiment of romantic love.

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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.

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Appeal to the emotions in literature or art; expression of delicate, sensitive feeling.
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(uncountable) Gentle or tender feelings, sometimes of a weak or foolish kind.
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A thought, view, or attitude, especially one based mainly on emotion instead of reason.

An anti-American sentiment swept through the country.

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A thought, opinion, judgment, or attitude, usually the result of careful consideration, but often colored with emotion.
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Sentimentality; maudlin emotion.
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A short sentence or aphorism expressing some thought or wish, as in a toast.
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The thought or meaning behind something said, done, or given, as distinct from the literal statement, act, etc.
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A general thought, feeling, or sense.
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(uncountable) Feelings, especially tender feelings, as apart from reason or judgment.
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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.

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The expression of delicate and sensitive feeling, especially in art and literature.
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Susceptibility to feeling or to emotional appeal; sensibility.
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Origin of sentiment

  • Middle English sentement from Old French from Medieval Latin sentīmentum from Latin sentīre to feel sent- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From French sentiment, itself from Latin sentimentum.

    From Wiktionary