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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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maudlin

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

adjective
Affectedly or extravagantly emotional:
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Translations

maudlin

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

[ˈmɔːdlɪn] adjlarmoyant(e)
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maudlin

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

[ˈmɔːdlɪn] adjpiagnucoloso/a
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References in classic literature ?
But later in the play we learn that Earine is not dead, but that a wicked witch, Mother Maudlin, has enchanted her, and shut her up in a tree.
Presently he grew calmer but more maudlin. Trent at last released him, and, thrusting the bottle of brandy into his coat-pocket, returned to his game of Patience.
In England the word is pronounced Maudlin, whence maudlin, adjective, unpleasantly sentimental.
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.
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.
The young ladies did not drink it; Osborne did not like it; and the consequence was that Jos, that fat gourmand, drank up the whole contents of the bowl; and the consequence of his drinking up the whole contents of the bowl was a liveliness which at first was astonishing, and then became almost painful; for he talked and laughed so loud as to bring scores of listeners round the box, much to the confusion of the innocent party within it; and, volunteering to sing a song (which he did in that maudlin high key peculiar to gentlemen in an inebriated state), he almost drew away the audience who were gathered round the musicians in the gilt scollop-shell, and received from his hearers a great deal of applause.
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.
But the kiss had been maudlin and unmeant; the court had not stirred at the false alarm; she must forevermore remain the Sleeping Beauty.
He grew maudlin, familiar, could hardly see the cards or sit upright.
'You poor, maudlin, sentimental, doddering chunk of imbecility,' it said; 'are there no limits to your insanity?
He wandered into a maudlin defence of the Beast People and of M'ling.
It is the maudlin sentiment which creeps like corruption through the body of a dying country."