maudlinism


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maudlinism

Rare.
1. a tendency in temperament to be mawkishly sentimental and tearfully emotional.
2. a degree of drunkenness characterized by mawkish emotionalism. — maudlin, adj.
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maudlinism

noun
The quality or condition of being affectedly or overly emotional:
Slang: sappiness.
References in classic literature ?
Benjamin Allen had perhaps a greater predisposition to maudlinism than he had ever known before; the cause of which malady was briefly this.
And it is, indeed, beautifully written - touching without ever drifting towards maudlinism, detailed yet not remotely dry.