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Sunday, February 10, 2002

maudlin

\MAWD-lin\ , adjective;
1.
Tearfully or excessively sentimental.
Quotes:
The lonesome tones of Willie Nelson rise on the Texas air and roll off into the darkness, making the odd deer feel unaccountably maudlin and causing lone jackrabbits to be overcome by a sudden desire to sink a whiskey and cry into the empty glass.
-- John Connolly, "Irishman's Diary", Irish Times, September 6, 1997
He was a bad drunk and became maudlin and weepy and would often have to be carried home by his friends.
-- Barry Miles, Jack Kerouac, King of the Beats
A film about blindness could easily get maudlin or, at the other extreme, cynically heartless.
-- Desson Howe, "Proof", Washington Post, June 5, 1992
Origin:
Maudlin is an alteration of (Mary) Magdalene, who in paintings was often represented with eyes red and swollen from weeping.
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