Definition of maudlin in US English:

maudlin

adjective

  • Self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness.

    ‘the drink made her maudlin’
    ‘a maudlin ballad’
    • ‘Does it bother you that there's also a maudlin aspect?’
    • ‘The film is directed and photographed deftly, particularly insofar as it touches the sentimental without clutching the maudlin.’
    • ‘He also wanted to ‘break through the maudlin emotionalism that was surrounding this subject.’’
    • ‘The emotion is real and affecting, but never maudlin or self-indulgent.’
    • ‘I spent the day under a cloud of self-pity and maudlin nostalgia.’
    • ‘Much more than maudlin sentimentality was involved in the effusive tributes.’
    • ‘He is by turns violent, sentimental, maudlin, self-pitying, and sadistic, and has a fine line in rhetoric.’
    • ‘You can get as maudlin, dramatic and sentimental as you wish, without anyone telling you to snap out of it, cheer up, or cool out.’
    • ‘She didn't say anything after my sudden outburst and I assumed I had somehow made her uncomfortable with my maudlin sentiments.’
    • ‘Maybe it would have been better if I had set my mind on writing a maudlin, self-pitying note that I would have been able to throw away the next day.’
    • ‘I really don't understand the maudlin sentimentality that accompanies any discussion of these events.’
    • ‘I think we should be as maudlin as we like and embrace our sentimentalism.’
    • ‘Joking about the troubles of parenthood is how we share its exquisite joys without lapsing into maudlin sentimentality.’
    • ‘It could have been maudlin and self-pitying, and none of that was there.’
    • ‘Some say that they were obvious or maudlin or too sentimental.’
    • ‘It's an interesting dynamic which I'd like to explore further when Alex isn't so emotional and even maudlin.’
    • ‘I don't want my work to be thought of as maudlin or overly sentimental.’
    • ‘Certainly, some church observances are thick with sentiment that borders on maudlin.’
    • ‘The work is the definition of honest, trusting its material and endlessly accurate in its sense of the human condition without succumbing to bitterness or the maudlin.’
    • ‘Her poems, a mixture of maudlin sentiment, misspellings and malevolence, are staples of the sites she visits.’
    sentimental, over-sentimental, emotional, overemotional, tearful, lachrymose
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Origin

Late Middle English (as a noun denoting Mary Magdalen): from Old French Madeleine, from Church Latin Magdalena (see magdalene). The current sense derives from allusion to pictures of Mary Magdalen weeping.

Pronunciation

maudlin

/ˈmɔdlən//ˈmôdlən/