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Friday, May 12, 2000

Definitions for mawkish

  1. Sickly or excessively sentimental.
  2. Insipid in taste; nauseous; disgusting.

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Citations for mawkish
The movie's attempts to connect these out-of-body experiences with the'60s ethos of consciousness expansion are so forced that the transcendent, feel-good leaps of faith with which the story culminates seem mawkish and unearned. Stephen Holden, New York Times
Philadelphia Inquirer dismissed it as "a terrible play, a hopeless jumble of juvenile humor and mawkish sentimentality." Peter Applebome, New York Times
Origin of mawkish
late Middle English
1660-1670
Mawkish originally meant "maggoty" (from Middle English mawke, maggot), hence squeamish, nauseating, hence tending to render squeamish or make nauseated, especially because of excessive sentimentality.