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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.]
foolishly tearful or sentimental, as when drunk
[C17: from Middle English Maudelen Mary Magdalene, typically portrayed as a tearful penitent]
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]
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|Adj.||1.||maudlin - effusively or insincerely emotional; "a bathetic novel"; "maudlin expressions of sympathy"; "mushy effusiveness"; "a schmaltzy song"; "sentimental soap operas"; "slushy poetry"|
hokey, kitschy, mawkish, schmaltzy, schmalzy, bathetic, sentimental, slushy, soppy, soupy, mushy, drippy
emotional - of more than usual emotion; "his behavior was highly emotional"