Definition of sentiment in English:



  • 1A view or opinion that is held or expressed.

    ‘I agree with your sentiments regarding the road bridge’
    • ‘In every country, versions of the past provide the raw material for nationalist and patriotic sentiments.’
    • ‘This sense of racial exclusion also began to take a toll on the patriotic sentiments of those who had been interned.’
    • ‘I agree with the sentiment regarding having a single armed female deputy on escort duty with a well-muscled male prisoner.’
    • ‘Are sentiments in favor of this regime, in favor of this president, easy to understand?’
    • ‘But many are beginning to regard such sentiments as little more than well-meaning rhetoric.’
    • ‘Even such conservative antislavery sentiments all but vanished in East Tennessee after 1834.’
    • ‘These sentiments were echoed by various right-wing publications and columnists.’
    • ‘Her sentiments were echoed by several other members of the public around Hampton Green, a busy but open grassland area.’
    • ‘What Thoreau did not overlook was his neighbors' reluctance to put their antislavery sentiments into action.’
    • ‘Belligerent patriotic sentiments are on display all over the world.’
    • ‘City officials around the world echo the sentiment, according to Public Works Magazine.’
    • ‘With due regards to the sentiment of a former Minister, his proposal and expectation from the Board are quite controversial and need a sensible and deep review of the issues raised by him.’
    • ‘Similar sentiments were echoed by other workers also.’
    • ‘A half-block down the street, two Rhode Island teenagers echoed the sentiments.’
    • ‘While I agree with the sentiments about having a winning mentality, it seems, however, that it is the same sports that will benefit at the expense of others.’
    • ‘Our idea echoes your sentiments in the editorial: Learn more, to prepare for the future.’
    • ‘Youth elsewhere in the country also echo these sentiments.’
    • ‘These sentiments were echoed from the floor and members spoke at length about his lifetime commitment to the party.’
    • ‘These are precisely the sentiments now being echoed throughout Democratic circles.’
    • ‘The weekend protests show that the antiwar sentiments are equally shared by people of all nationalities, races and religions.’
    view, point of view, way of thinking, feeling, attitude, thought, opinion, belief, idea
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]General feeling or opinion.
      ‘the council sought steps to control the rise of racist sentiment’
      • ‘She then tracks the development of antislavery sentiment and the movement toward gradual emancipation between 1785 and 1827.’
      • ‘Notwithstanding the somewhat improved results on Wall Street on Thursday, the general sentiment among investors remained grim.’
      • ‘He stressed the debate is not aimed at stirring up anti-Japanese sentiment.’
      • ‘The report, which would often be cited by journalists and activists, fanned anti-American sentiment around the world.’
      • ‘Poor sentiment towards the technology sector was also blamed for the lacklustre performance.’
      • ‘Despite popular antiwar sentiment, the government has increased the number of British troops stationed in Iraq.’
      • ‘I think that the general sentiment at the moment is focused on what transpires this week in the Organization of American States, in Washington and then in Canada.’
      • ‘The potent rise of anti-US nationalist sentiment in both South and North Korea is apparently invisible in Washington.’
      • ‘Market sentiment seems to be relatively optimistic about the outlook for the US economy.’
      • ‘They believed that Allied weakness in south east Asia and American isolationist sentiment would mean another short war.’
      • ‘Even though investor sentiment seems to be downright dismal, it may still not be dismal enough.’
      • ‘Patriotic sentiment is running high in my neighbourhood today.’
      • ‘What better metaphor is there for the general public sentiment in the United States in the 1970s?’
      • ‘Reflecting the broad sentiment against war, students participated from across the city.’
      • ‘Certainly there are few communities where anti-American sentiment is as widespread as in Fallujah.’
      • ‘Both men lost their cases and seem to have made hardly a dent in the opinions of either their respective presiding judges or public sentiment in general.’
      • ‘Slowly Yugoslavia fell apart as secessionist sentiment grew.’
      • ‘But the critics were in the minority as mainstream thinking, as well as public sentiment, generally favoured growth.’
      • ‘Opposition soon mounted, however, as terrible social and economic conditions fueled nationalist sentiment.’
      • ‘Unfortunately I think the American military establishment seems largely impervious to overwhelming American sentiment against the war.’
    2. 1.2A feeling or emotion.
      ‘an intense sentiment of horror’
      • ‘The oil on canvas of The Knitting Lesson evokes similar sentiments of simple joys, maternal protection, guidance and love.’
      • ‘Our sentiments of love, hate, fear, anxiety, are each one of them the fertile source of whole series of illustrative dreams.’
      • ‘Trust based on emotional sentiments is the most dangerous thing because one becomes blind to the intent of others.’
      • ‘It's the result of a wider sentiment of fear in the community, brought about by our failure to satisfactorily tackle the misunderstandings and myths we have about each other.’
      • ‘By ignoring or removing either sentiment (hate or love) is how so much design work becomes mediocre.’
      • ‘We all share the same sentiments of anger, disgust, and frustration.’
      • ‘Those of us who have tried one or more fads diets may appreciate the murderous sentiments.’
      • ‘Freedom was an emotion, a sentiment, a madness - something which your generation will find hard to understand.’
      • ‘Smith referred to these emotions as the moral sentiments.’
      • ‘He warned that they were seeking to ‘embody a sentiment of rage and frustration’.’
      • ‘Fear was again a sentiment that accompanied Jose and his friends.’
      feeling, emotion
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    3. 1.3archaic The expression of a view or desire especially as formulated for a toast.
  • 2[mass noun] Exaggerated and self-indulgent feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.

    ‘many of the appeals rely on treacly sentiment’
    • ‘But it is not just nostalgic sentiment which is evoked by railway history in the area.’
    • ‘If they grow jaded, grow bored, or simply prefer sentiment and nostalgia to active participation, the last avenue of escape is closed.’
    • ‘This is not to reduce Christmas to mood or sentiment.’
    • ‘There were tons of nostalgia, family sentiment, bonding, celebration, entertainment and even a message.’
    • ‘Their back-up teams might be more prone to nostalgia and sentiment, especially those who have honed their tallying skills over many the long count.’
    • ‘‘It wasn't sentiment or family loyalty that made him join, I don't think,’ she reflects.’
    • ‘It would have been all too easy for her to have played this book for sentiment and shocked social justice; her tone is blunt and unlaboured.’
    • ‘His annoyance is bitter anger bordering on rage; his sentiment is mawkish.’
    • ‘The Irish visit was largely an occasion for nostalgia, sentiment and photo opportunities.’
    • ‘The threat of violence nearly overwhelms any sentiment or tenderness.’
    • ‘The visit to Ireland in mid-1963 was largely an occasion for sentiment, nostalgia and photo opportunities.’
    • ‘It may be very American and dripping with sentiment but thanks to Quaid and a quality cast, The Rookie has a grace and sincerity that makes you willing to indulge its flaws.’
    • ‘If the Old Firm make the break - if history and sentiment no longer inhibit them - he could be looking for a new line of work.’
    • ‘This nostalgic sentiment is obvious in both the band's choice of covers and the composition of the band's own tunes.’
    • ‘I've just given my new stylus a go and listened to this, for the first time in a while - call it nostalgia or sentiment, but it's hard to pick out one bad cut on this.’
    • ‘It would seem impossible to do this without drowning in sentiment, or exaggerating a delight in Beverly Hills excess.’
    • ‘They really react to the sentiment and the emotion.’
    • ‘And the trend in some parts of the world is towards huge, high-tech, intensive feedlot dairy farming with no place for sentiment and nostalgia.’
    sentimentality, mawkishness, over-sentimentality, emotionalism, overemotionalism, sentimentalism
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Late Middle English (in the senses ‘personal experience’ and ‘physical feeling, sensation’): from Old French sentement, from medieval Latin sentimentum, from Latin sentire feel.