Maudlinism

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Maudlinism A maudlin state.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n maudlinism The state of being maudlin; manifestation of sickly sentimentality.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Maudlinism the tearful stage of drink
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Quotations

  • Joseph Conrad
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    “It is a maudlin and indecent verity that comes out through the strength of wine.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Contr. from M. E. Maudelein, which comes through O. Fr. and L. from Gr. Magdalēnē, the orig. sense being 'tearful from penitence,' hence 'with eyes red and swollen with weeping,' like Mary Magdalene, erroneously identified with the penitent woman of Luke vii. 37.

Usage

In literature:

There came to her ears coarse oaths and the maudlin laughter of women.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
He drank himself violent, when he did not drink himself maudlin.
"Emily Brontë" by A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
I make no maudlin complaint.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
You don't want any maudlin show of it.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
He knew she had been crying, that she was suffering cruelly, but he offered her courage rather than maudlin sympathy.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
BARNEY AND KATE, 4abab, 6: Barney, maudlin with drink, comes one winter's night to Kate's window and implores her to admit him.
"A Syllabus of Kentucky Folk-Songs" by Hubert G. Shearin
Turner had come home extra drunk and in his most maudlin humor.
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
Has maudlin love subdued thy soul, Once so impatient of control?
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
A little over a month passed, and then he suddenly appeared again, drunken, maudlin, tearful.
"Shapes that Haunt the Dusk" by Various
The derelict picked himself up, whining in a maudlin way.
"The Mother" by Norman Duncan
One moment he was in maudlin tears and the next he was cracking some miserable joke about the disaster.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Were you more manly, I had never shocked your maudlin sentiments of propriety.
"Macaria" by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
This maudlin, morbid sympathy we Americans give, spoils them.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
She gave a maudlin giggle.
"The Fate of Felix Brand" by Florence Finch Kelly
I boarded him; he dissolved at once into maudlin tears and prolixity.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
When the Indians were made maudlin drunk and bargained with for their furs were they paid in money?
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
From time to time Dalrymple expressed a maudlin concern for her, and George's uncertainty increased.
"The Guarded Heights" by Wadsworth Camp
See those huge, maudlin-looking roses?
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
I don't get excited, and I don't get maudlin.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking
HAEMON: Therefore you'll cry it maudlin at the streets?
"Charles Di Tocca" by Cale Young Rice
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In poetry:

No desecrated home shall be,
No vice-predestined birth,
No stews of maudlin gluttony,
When Bacchus rules the earth.
"Bacchus [Excerpt]" by Bernard O Dowd
In maudlin spite let Thracians fight
Above their bowls of liquor;
But such as we, when on a spree,
Should never brawl and bicker!
"Let Us Have Peace" by Eugene Field
Not to lament that rival flame
Wherewith the heartless Glycera scorns you,
Nor waste your time in maudlin rhyme,
How many a modern instance warns you!
"To Albius Tibullus" by Eugene Field
A girl is hanging on her sweetheart's arm,
Who looks into her eyes with maudlin' leer;
Ah! parents, little reck ye of the harm
Done to your children, when you drag them here.
"Intemperance And The Sunday Trains" by Janet Hamilton
'Tis sad, on the eve of the Sabbath to hear
The shout of the drunkard—his maudlin cheer,
As out from the shebeen he staggers along,
With oaths and obscenity larding his song!
"The Demon Drink!" by Janet Hamilton
cease,
And maudlin Love insists on instant peace;
He, noisy mirth and roaring song commands,
Gives idle toasts, and joins unfriendly bands:
Till fuddled Friendship vows esteem and weeps,
And jovial Folly drinks and sings and sleeps.
"The Borough. Letter X: Clubs And Social Meetings" by George Crabbe

In news:

Although the movie has its share of sweet moments, it also is exceptionally maudlin.
The problem with the fourth record from Jesse Sykes isn't her ample talents for penning a maudlin phrase or vocalizing thoughts in a breathy, dramatic manner.
Maudlin Magpie 's latest lineup — Katie Gold, former keyboard player with Lady Parts.
Without being excessively maudlin, I must inform you this is the last "Stars Over the Coast" column.
The Pollard presents a tragedy that avoids the maudlin.
Jason Horodyski of Maudlin Magpie on literary influences and stories behind the songs.
The Way is a pile of hokum, full of maudlin clichés and cheap jokes.
The rites of passage surrounding Ted Kennedy's death walked the line between the moving and the maudlin.
Somehow Chocolate Genius keeps things from getting maudlin.
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In science:

To see how this might be achieved, recall why the conservative interpretation must fail to give an affirmative answer to Maudlin’s question.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
Maudlin, Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity (Second Edition), (Blackwell, Cambridge (MA), 2002) D. D¨urr, N.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
But it might not be (as shown by Maudlin’s).
Local Causality and Completeness: Bell vs. Jarrett
But if conclusions, I find him a less convincing overall critic of it is specified that some other counter does register, even Jarrett’s pro ject than Maudlin.
Local Causality and Completeness: Bell vs. Jarrett
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