American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of sugar or saccharin; sweet.
- adj. Having a cloyingly sweet attitude, tone, or character: a saccharine smile.
- adj. Excessively sentimental: "It was enough for him to rely on sentiment . . . and saccharine assertions about The Home” ( Kate Millett).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of sugar; having the qualities of sugar: as, a saccharine taste; the saccharine matter of the cane-juice; also, in botany, covered with shining grains like those of sugar. Also saccharous.
- adj. Of or relating to sugar.
- adj. pejorative Excessively sweet in action or disposition; syrupy.
- adj. Sentimental or romantic to the point of ridiculousness.
- adj. Of or relating to saccharin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to sugar; having the qualities of sugar; producing sugar; sweet.
- n. (Chem.) A trade name for benzoic sulphinide.
- adj. overly sweet
- From sacharin + -ine (Wiktionary)
“Empathy without saccharine is just the perfect recipe for me, and I felt so much better after talking with her, someone who really knows me better than almost anyone.”
“This early work is that of a young man still coming to terms with his sexuality and politics; there is a gentle, tentative longing here that would border on the saccharine were the poet not so evidently and deeply invested in every line.”
“We are donating the technology of feeding with protein honey, and we are donating the technology of saccharine, which is very easy and simple to produce.”
“And new love, full of magic and promise can in the next moment teeter on the brink of becoming too "saccharine" or blowing up, melting down or drowning in bitter tears.”
“And that requires exactly the kind of diplomacy Brooks dismisses merely as "saccharine" fairytales.”
“So Obama's "saccharine" speech was about as realpolitik as it gets.”
“Here is the same kind of saccharine melody that makes mawkish the trio in the "Marche Funebre.”
“I've always known girls from the South could get a bad rap for being kind of saccharine, but Palmetto should have taken out a patent on its own brand of artificiality," she muses.”
“Wasn't there -- we faintly recall a saccharine tune sung by someone who strode stiffly to and fro in a glare of amber footlights -- wasn't there a song about: "And I lo-ong to settle down, in that old Long”
“One of the weaker points of "Salome" is also one of the most familiar: the "Dance of the Seven Veils," frequently excerpted in concert, is as frequently dumped on by critics for its cheap, saccharine, film-music presentation.”
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