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maudlin

[mawd-lin] /ˈmɔd lɪn/
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
1500-1510
1500-10; special use of Maudlin, Middle English MaudelenLate Latin Magdalēnē < Greek Magdalēnḗ Mary Magdalene, portrayed in art as a weeping penitent
Related forms
maudlinism, noun
maudlinly, adverb
maudlinness, noun
unmaudlin, adjective
unmaudlinly, adverb
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maudlin

/ˈmɔːdlɪn/
adjective
1.
foolishly tearful or sentimental, as when drunk
Derived Forms
maudlinism, noun
maudlinly, adverb
maudlinness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Middle English Maudelen Mary Magdalene, typically portrayed as a tearful penitent
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Word Origin and History for more maudlin

maudlin

adj.

c.1600, "tearful," from Middle English fem. proper name Maudelen (early 14c.), from Magdalene (Old French Madelaine), woman's name, originally surname of Mary the repentant sinner forgiven by Jesus in Luke vii:37 (see Magdalene). In paintings, she often was shown weeping as a sign of repentance. Meaning "characterized by tearful sentimentality" is recorded by 1630s.

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