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Definition of sentiment noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] (formal) a feeling or an opinion, especially one based on emotions the spread of nationalist sentiments This is a sentiment I wholeheartedly agree with. Public sentiment is against any change to the law. My sentiments exactly (= I agree)!
  2. 2[uncountable] (sometimes disapproving) feelings of sympathy, romantic love, sadness, etc. that may be too strong or not appropriate There was no fatherly affection, no display of sentiment. There is no room for sentiment in business.
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