maudlinism

maudlin

[mawd-lin]
adjective
1.
tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental: a maudlin story of a little orphan and her lost dog.
2.
foolishly or mawkishly sentimental because of drunkenness.

Origin:
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
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maudlin (ˈmɔːdlɪn)
 
adj
foolishly tearful or sentimental, as when drunk
 
[C17: from Middle English Maudelen Mary Magdalene, typically portrayed as a tearful penitent]
 
'maudlinism
 
n
 
'maudlinly
 
adv
 
'maudlinness
 
n

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maudlin
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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