Definition of maudlin adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɔːdlɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːdlɪn//
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  1. 1talking in a silly, emotional way, often full of pity for yourself, especially when drunk synonym sentimental He gets very maudlin after a few drinks.
  2. 2(of a book, film/movie, or song) expressing or causing exaggerated emotions, especially in way that is not sincere synonym sentimental
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (as a noun denoting Mary Magdalen): from Old French Madeleine, from Church Latin Magdalena, from Greek (Maria hē) Magdalēnē ‘(Mary of) Magdala’ (to whom Jesus appeared after his resurrection; John 20:1–18 in the Bible), formerly identified with the sinner of Luke 7:37. The current sense derives from allusion to pictures of Mary Magdalen weeping.
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