Definition of sentiment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsentɪmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsentɪmənt//
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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) See related entries: Love
  2. 2[uncountable] (sometimes disapproving) feelings of pity, romantic love, sadness, etc. which may be too strong or not appropriate There was no fatherly affection, no display of sentiment. There is no room for sentiment in business.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the senses ‘personal experience’ and ‘physical feeling, sensation’): from Old French sentement, from medieval Latin sentimentum, from Latin sentire ‘feel’.Extra examples All these noble sentiments have little chance of being put into practice. Even though I disagree with you, I appreciate the sentiments that prompt you to speak out. He agrees with the sentiments expressed in the editorial. I think his view reflects the sentiment of a lot of fans. In the 19th century, anti-Catholic sentiment ran high. It would be a mistake to ignore their strong sentiments on the issue. The killings at the weekend helped arouse popular sentiment against the organization. The killings helped arouse popular sentiment against the organization. The new movie is to be applauded for refusing to drift into mawkish sentiment. The people are renowned for their deep religious sentiment. There was a steep rise in bullish sentiment as foreign investors rushed in. These actions are likely to inflame anti-Western sentiment. anti-war sentiment among the civilian population critical sentiment towards/​toward government policy public sentiment in favour of state ownership ‘I think he should give back everything he took.’ ‘My sentiments exactly,’ said my father. He was not afraid to put financial exigency before personal sentiment. Nationalist sentiment spread quickly, especially in the cities. The president has distanced himself from the sentiments expressed by the vice-president. The sentiments of young people about the matter are often ignored. This is a sentiment that I totally agree with.
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