maudlin


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maud·lin

 (môd′lĭn)
adj.
Effusively sad or full of self-pity; extremely sentimental: "displayed an almost maudlin concern for the welfare of animals" (Aldous Huxley). See Synonyms at sentimental.

[Alteration of (Mary) Magdalenewho was frequently depicted as a tearful penitent.]

maud′lin·ly adv.
maud′lin·ness n.

maudlin

(ˈmɔːdlɪn)
adj
foolishly tearful or sentimental, as when drunk
[C17: from Middle English Maudelen Mary Magdalene, typically portrayed as a tearful penitent]
ˈmaudlinism n
ˈmaudlinly adv
ˈmaudlinness n

maud•lin

(ˈmɔd lɪn)

adj.
1. embarrassingly sentimental.
2. mawkishly foolish from drink.
[1500–10; from attributive use of Maudlin, « Late Latin Magdalēnē < Greek Magdalēnḗ Mary Magdalene, portrayed as a weeping penitent]
maud′lin•ism, n.
maud′lin•ly, adv.
maud′lin•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.maudlin - effusively or insincerely emotionalmaudlin - effusively or insincerely emotional; "a bathetic novel"; "maudlin expressions of sympathy"; "mushy effusiveness"; "a schmaltzy song"; "sentimental soap operas"; "slushy poetry"
emotional - of more than usual emotion; "his behavior was highly emotional"

maudlin

adjective sentimental, tearful, mushy (informal), soppy (Brit. informal), weepy (informal), slushy (informal), mawkish, lachrymose, icky (informal), overemotional He turned maudlin after three drinks.

maudlin

adjective
Affectedly or extravagantly emotional:
Translations

maudlin

[ˈmɔːdlɪn] ADJ (= weepy) → llorón; (= sentimental) → sensiblero

maudlin

[ˈmɔːdlɪn] adjlarmoyant(e)

maudlin

adj story, play, sentimentalityrührselig; personsentimental, gefühlsselig; don’t get maudlin about itwerden Sie deswegen nicht gleich sentimental

maudlin

[ˈmɔːdlɪn] adjpiagnucoloso/a
References in classic literature ?
Some stagger about in each other's arms, whispering maudlin words--others start quarrels upon the slightest pretext, and come to blows and have to be pulled apart.
That I retired to bed in a most maudlin state of mind, and got up in a crisis of feeble infatuation.
At once ferocious and maudlin, I was made to murder my uncle with no extenuating circumstances whatever; Millwood put me down in argument, on every occasion; it became sheer monomania in my master's daughter to care a button for me; and all I can say for my gasping and procrastinating conduct on the fatal morning, is, that it was worthy of the general feebleness of my character.
He wandered into a maudlin defence of the Beast People and of M'ling.
Now and then familiarity was pushed too far, and would effervesce into a brawl, and a "rough and tumble" fight; but it all ended in cordial reconciliation and maudlin endearment.
It was with the utmost difficulty they could be extricated from the clutches of the publicans and the embraces of their pot companions, who followed them to the water's edge with many a hug, a kiss on each cheek, and a maudlin benediction in Canadian French.
You become stupid, restless, and irritable; rude to strangers and dangerous toward your friends; clumsy, maudlin, and quarrelsome; a nuisance to yourself and everybody about you.
With a cry of pleasure he sprang toward me and threw his arms about my neck, and for a brief moment as I held my boy close to me the tears welled to my eyes and I was like to have choked after the manner of some maudlin fool--but I do not regret it, nor am I ashamed.
It is the maudlin sentiment which creeps like corruption through the body of a dying country.
Now it was, that after two or three such vain attempts to stifle its convivial sentiments, it threw off all moroseness, all reserve, and burst into a stream of song so cosy and hilarious, as never maudlin nightingale yet formed the least idea of.
And as they waxed maudlin he studied them, watching the beast rise and master them and thanking God that he was no longer as they.
With their Maudlin for Magdalene, and their Bedlam for