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Thursday, October 27, 2005

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
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.