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1 April 28's Word on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:23 am

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Maudlin

Adjective (mawd-lin)

Foolishly Sentimental


Definitions for maudlin


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[*]tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental: a maudlin story of a little orphan and her lost dog.
[*]foolishly or mawkishly sentimental because of drunkenness.
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Citations for maudlin


Dylan sings just one song, "The Love That Faded," and it has an archetypal Williams lyric, melancholy verging on maudlin, with terrific poetic compression: "Brown eyes, blue eyes, they’re all the same / None are for me, I’ve lost this game." Ben Greenman, "Not Alone, Not Forsake," The New Yorker, October 10, 2011


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Now Katya understood that Mr. Kidder was joking: the wistful old-man yearning, the maudlin words, were meant to be funny. Katya laughed, to indicate she got the joke.



Maudlin entered English in the early 1500s. It stems from the Greek word Magdalēnḗ referring to Mary Magdalene, who was portrayed in art as a weeping penitent.



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