characterized by sickly sentimentality; weakly emotional; maudlin.
having a mildly sickening flavor; slightly nauseating.
late Middle English
falsely sentimental, esp in a weak or maudlin way
nauseating or insipid in flavour, smell, etc
[C17: from obsolete
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There is nothing mawkish or mealy-mouthed about his successor.
Whether these mawkish interludes work as catharsis only the author can tell.
It is also about the arrogance, ambition, cold-heartedness and mawkish sentimentality of the humans who ostensibly cared for him.
The network's mawkish new series posits itself as an hourlong grief-counseling session that benefits the living and the dead.
The simultaneous mawkish cuteness and vagueness of this sentiment were a warning sign.
Admittedly the text is glibly anti-establishment and often mawkish.
Stiffly, conventionally romantic and mawkish to an extreme, they only do as directed in a hopelessly hackneyed script.
It is cheap, gaudy, mawkish and artificial-offensive to intelligence and taste.
One reason it's so inspiring is that you never sense a mawkish triumph-of-the-human-spirit agenda being pushed.
But this actor, with his beseeching hound dog look and trembling lower lip, never becomes mawkish.
He was sympathetic but not mawkish--a difficult balance to strike.