tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental: a maudlin story of a little orphan and her lost dog.
foolishly or mawkishly sentimental because of drunkenness.

1500–10; special use of Maudlin, Middle English MaudelenLate Latin Magdalēnē < Greek Magdalēnḗ Mary Magdalene, portrayed in art as a weeping penitent

maudlinism, noun
maudlinly, adverb
maudlinness, noun
unmaudlin, adjective
unmaudlinly, adverb Unabridged
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maudlin (ˈmɔːdlɪn)
foolishly tearful or sentimental, as when drunk
[C17: from Middle English Maudelen Mary Magdalene, typically portrayed as a tearful penitent]

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Word Origin & History

1607, "tearful," from M.E. proper name Maudelen (c.1320), from Magdalene (O.Fr. Madelaine), woman's name, originally surname of Mary, the repentant sinner forgiven by Jesus in Luke vii.37 (see Magdalene). In paintings, she was often shown weeping as a sign of repentance.
Meaning "characterized by tearful sentimentality" is recorded from c.1631.
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Example sentences
It was a maudlin lyric about a girl who wanted to buy her boyfriend a dog to
  remember her by.
Reviewers have compared the results to soap opera — maudlin and
  superficial but also insightful and addictive.
If not for his charm and quick wit, this film could easily lapse into slick
  sentimentality and maudlin predictability.
This is not a man given to making himself the center of a maudlin or glorious
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