sentiment

[sen-tuh-muhnt]
noun
1.
an attitude toward something; regard; opinion.
2.
a mental feeling; emotion: a sentiment of pity.
3.
refined or tender emotion; manifestation of the higher or more refined feelings.
4.
exhibition or manifestation of feeling or sensibility, or appeal to the tender emotions, in literature, art, or music.
5.
a thought influenced by or proceeding from feeling or emotion.
6.
the thought or feeling intended to be conveyed by words, acts, or gestures as distinguished from the words, acts, or gestures themselves.

Origin:
1325–75; < Medieval Latin sentīmentum, equivalent to Latin sentī(re) to feel + -mentum -ment; replacing Middle English sentement < Old French < Medieval Latin, as above

sentimentless, adjective

sentiment, sentimentality (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. See opinion. 2. See feeling. 3. Sentiment, sentimentality are terms for sensitiveness to emotional feelings. Sentiment is a sincere and refined sensibility, a tendency to be influenced by emotion rather than reason or fact: to appeal to sentiment. Sentimentality implies affected, excessive, sometimes mawkish sentiment: weak sentimentality.
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sentiment (ˈsɛntɪmənt)
 
n
1.  susceptibility to tender, delicate, or romantic emotion: she has too much sentiment to be successful
2.  (often plural) a thought, opinion, or attitude
3.  exaggerated, overindulged, or mawkish feeling or emotion
4.  an expression of response to deep feeling, esp in art or literature
5.  a feeling, emotion, or awareness: a sentiment of pity
6.  a mental attitude modified or determined by feeling: there is a strong revolutionary sentiment in his country
7.  a feeling conveyed, or intended to be conveyed, in words
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin sentīmentum, from Latin sentīre to feel]

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sentiment
late 14c., sentement, "personal experience, one's own feeling," from O.Fr. sentement (12c.), from M.L. sentimentum "feeling, affection, opinion," from L. sentire "to feel" (see sense). Meaning "what one feels about something" (1630s) and modern spelling seem to be a re-introduction
from French (where it was spelled sentiment by this time). A vogue word with wide application mid-18c., commonly "a thought colored by or proceeding from emotion" (1762), especially as expressed in literature or art. The 17c. sense is preserved in phrases such as my sentiments exactly.
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Example sentences
But there is no sentiment of this kind in either of his two volumes, where he
  presents himself as diligent and uxorious.
It's a sentiment that echoes around the gorge, but quietly.
The judge was apparently an early proponent of leading with his sentiment,
  foregoing reason based on the law.
Certainly that sentiment will not come as news to librarians.
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