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[sak-er-in, -uh-reen, -uh-rahyn] /ˈsæk ər ɪn, -əˌrin, -əˌraɪn/
of the nature of or resembling that of sugar:
a powdery substance with a saccharine taste.
containing or yielding sugar.
very sweet to the taste; sugary:
a saccharine dessert.
cloyingly agreeable or ingratiating:
a saccharine personality.
exaggeratedly sweet or sentimental:
a saccharine smile; a saccharine song of undying love.
Origin of saccharine
1665-75; sacchar- + -ine1
Related forms
saccharinely, adverb
[sak-uh-rin-i-tee] /ˌsæk əˈrɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonsaccharine, adjective, noun
nonsaccharinity, noun
unsaccharine, adjective
Can be confused
saccharin, saccharine. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for saccharine
  • There is an element of truth to this saccharine self-image.
  • Don't be fooled by the saccharine emoticons and the pretty colors.
  • He can turn on the weeps or the heat with equal ease, and combine the saccharine and the sordid without batting an eye.
  • In the second spot, the character tries to escape the saccharine prison.
  • Feel-good romantic comedies don't feel good when they deliver an empty, saccharine view of the world.
  • The freshness of the dance implementation is matched by some saccharine visuals and voice work.
  • The citizenship would possess magical skills of style that could wrench mahogany from mud, silk from saccharine.
  • The air had the taste of bus exhaust mixed with saccharine.
  • Undercutting the naturalism is a tone of saccharine folksiness.
  • The prevailing atmosphere is usually one of saccharine sweetness.
British Dictionary definitions for saccharine


/ˈsækəˌraɪn; -ˌriːn/
excessively sweet; sugary: a saccharine smile
of, relating to, of the nature of, or containing sugar or saccharin
Derived Forms
saccharinely, adverb
saccharinity (ˌsækəˈrɪnɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for saccharine

1670s, "of or like sugar," from Medieval Latin saccharum "sugar," from Latin saccharon "sugar," from Greek sakkharon, from Pali sakkhara, from Sanskrit sarkara "gravel, grit" (see sugar). Metaphoric sense of "overly sweet" first recorded 1841. For the sugar substitute, see saccharin.

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saccharine in Medicine

saccharine sac·cha·rine (sāk'ər-ĭn, -ə-rēn', -ə-rīn')
Of, relating to, or characteristic of sugar or saccharin; sweet.

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