Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A thought, view, or attitude, especially one based mainly on emotion instead of reason: synonym: view.
  • noun Emotion; feeling.
  • noun Tender or romantic feeling.
  • noun Maudlin emotion; sentimentality.
  • noun The thought or emotion that underlies a remark or gesture.
  • noun The expression of delicate and sensitive feeling, especially in art and literature.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Feeling; sensation; sentience; life.
  • noun Higher feeling: emotion.
  • noun In psychology, an emotional judgment; also, the faculty for a special emotion.
  • noun Sensibility, or a tendency to make emotional judgments; tender susceptibility.
  • noun Exhibition or manifestation of feeling or sensibility, as in literature, art, or music; a literary or artistic expression of a refined or delicate feeling or fancy.
  • noun Thought; opinion; notion; judgment; the decision of the mind formed by deliberation or reflection: as, to express one's sentiments on a subject.
  • noun The sense, thought, or opinion contained in words, but considered as distinct from them: as, we may like the sentiment when we dislike the language. Hence A thought expressed in striking words; especially, a sentence expressive of some particularly important or agreeable thought, or of a wish or desire; in particular, a toast, often couched in proverbial or epigrammatic language.
  • noun plural In phrenology, the second division of the moral or affective faculties of the mind, the first being termed propensities. See phrenology.
  • noun Taste; quality.
  • noun = Syn. 2–4. Sentiment, Thought, Feeling. Sentiment has a peculiar place between thought and feeling, in which it also approaches the meaning of principle. It is more than that feeling which is sensation or emotion, by containing more of thought and by being more lofty, while it contains too much feeling to be merely thought, and it has large influence over the will: for example, the sentiment of patriotism; the sentiment of honor; the world is ruled by sentiment. The thought in a sentiment is often that of duty, and is penetrated and exalted by feeling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A thought prompted by passion or feeling; a state of mind in view of some subject; feeling toward or respecting some person or thing; disposition prompting to action or expression.
  • noun Hence, generally, a decision of the mind formed by deliberation or reasoning; thought; opinion; notion; judgment.
  • noun A sentence, or passage, considered as the expression of a thought; a maxim; a saying; a toast.
  • noun Sensibility; feeling; tender susceptibility.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A general thought, feeling, or sense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
  • noun tender, romantic, or nostalgic feeling or emotion

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English sentement, from Old French, from Medieval Latin sentīmentum, from Latin sentīre, to feel; see sent- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French sentiment, itself from Latin sentimentum..

Examples

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  • I don't play (the piano) accurately- anyone can play accurately -but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.

    -Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

    July 29, 2009

  • Words with the same meaning: toast.

    January 27, 2016