Definition of sentiment in English:

sentiment

noun

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

    ‘I agree with your sentiments regarding the road bridge’
    • ‘Are sentiments in favor of this regime, in favor of this president, easy to understand?’
    • ‘Even such conservative antislavery sentiments all but vanished in East Tennessee after 1834.’
    • ‘In every country, versions of the past provide the raw material for nationalist and patriotic sentiments.’
    • ‘I agree with the sentiment regarding having a single armed female deputy on escort duty with a well-muscled male prisoner.’
    • ‘These sentiments were echoed by various right-wing publications and columnists.’
    • ‘A half-block down the street, two Rhode Island teenagers echoed the sentiments.’
    • ‘These are precisely the sentiments now being echoed throughout Democratic circles.’
    • ‘Similar sentiments were echoed by other workers also.’
    • ‘The weekend protests show that the antiwar sentiments are equally shared by people of all nationalities, races and religions.’
    • ‘This sense of racial exclusion also began to take a toll on the patriotic sentiments of those who had been interned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These sentiments were echoed from the floor and members spoke at length about his lifetime commitment to the party.’
    • ‘Our idea echoes your sentiments in the editorial: Learn more, to prepare for the future.’
    • ‘City officials around the world echo the sentiment, according to Public Works Magazine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Youth elsewhere in the country also echo these sentiments.’
    • ‘But many are beginning to regard such sentiments as little more than well-meaning rhetoric.’
    • ‘Her sentiments were echoed by several other members of the public around Hampton Green, a busy but open grassland area.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Opposition soon mounted, however, as terrible social and economic conditions fueled nationalist sentiment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He stressed the debate is not aimed at stirring up anti-Japanese sentiment.’
      • ‘But the critics were in the minority as mainstream thinking, as well as public sentiment, generally favoured growth.’
      • ‘Certainly there are few communities where anti-American sentiment is as widespread as in Fallujah.’
      • ‘Patriotic sentiment is running high in my neighbourhood today.’
      • ‘The potent rise of anti-US nationalist sentiment in both South and North Korea is apparently invisible in Washington.’
      • ‘Notwithstanding the somewhat improved results on Wall Street on Thursday, the general sentiment among investors remained grim.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Reflecting the broad sentiment against war, students participated from across the city.’
      • ‘Slowly Yugoslavia fell apart as secessionist sentiment grew.’
      • ‘Despite popular antiwar sentiment, the government has increased the number of British troops stationed in Iraq.’
      • ‘Even though investor sentiment seems to be downright dismal, it may still not be dismal enough.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She then tracks the development of antislavery sentiment and the movement toward gradual emancipation between 1785 and 1827.’
      • ‘What better metaphor is there for the general public sentiment in the United States in the 1970s?’
      • ‘Market sentiment seems to be relatively optimistic about the outlook for the US economy.’
      • ‘Unfortunately I think the American military establishment seems largely impervious to overwhelming American sentiment against the war.’
      • ‘They believed that Allied weakness in south east Asia and American isolationist sentiment would mean another short war.’
    2. 1.2 A feeling or emotion:
      ‘an intense sentiment of horror’
      • ‘We all share the same sentiments of anger, disgust, and frustration.’
      • ‘Freedom was an emotion, a sentiment, a madness - something which your generation will find hard to understand.’
      • ‘By ignoring or removing either sentiment (hate or love) is how so much design work becomes mediocre.’
      • ‘Our sentiments of love, hate, fear, anxiety, are each one of them the fertile source of whole series of illustrative dreams.’
      • ‘Fear was again a sentiment that accompanied Jose and his friends.’
      • ‘Trust based on emotional sentiments is the most dangerous thing because one becomes blind to the intent of others.’
      • ‘Those of us who have tried one or more fads diets may appreciate the murderous sentiments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The oil on canvas of The Knitting Lesson evokes similar sentiments of simple joys, maternal protection, guidance and love.’
      • ‘Smith referred to these emotions as the moral sentiments.’
      • ‘He warned that they were seeking to ‘embody a sentiment of rage and frustration’.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It would seem impossible to do this without drowning in sentiment, or exaggerating a delight in Beverly Hills excess.’
    • ‘‘It wasn't sentiment or family loyalty that made him join, I don't think,’ she reflects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The threat of violence nearly overwhelms any sentiment or tenderness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Irish visit was largely an occasion for nostalgia, sentiment and photo opportunities.’
    • ‘They really react to the sentiment and the emotion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This nostalgic sentiment is obvious in both the band's choice of covers and the composition of the band's own tunes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were tons of nostalgia, family sentiment, bonding, celebration, entertainment and even a message.’
    • ‘His annoyance is bitter anger bordering on rage; his sentiment is mawkish.’
    • ‘The visit to Ireland in mid-1963 was largely an occasion for sentiment, nostalgia and photo opportunities.’
    sentimentality, mawkishness, over-sentimentality, emotionalism, overemotionalism, sentimentalism
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the senses ‘personal experience’ and ‘physical feeling, sensation’): from Old French sentement, from medieval Latin sentimentum, from Latin sentire feel.

Pronunciation

sentiment

/ˈsɛntɪm(ə)nt/