maudlin

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj maudlin effusively or insincerely emotional "a bathetic novel","maudlin expressions of sympathy","mushy effusiveness","a schmaltzy song","sentimental soap operas","slushy poetry"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Maudlin (Bot) An aromatic composite herb, the costmary; also, the South European Achillea Ageratum, a kind of yarrow.
    • Maudlin Drunk, or somewhat drunk; fuddled; given to drunkenness. "Maudlin Clarence in his malmsey butt."
    • Maudlin Tearful; easily moved to tears; exciting to tears; excessively sentimental; weak and silly. "Maudlin eyes.""Maudlin eloquence.""A maudlin poetess.""Maudlin crowd."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • maudlin Tearful; lacrymose; weeping.
    • maudlin Over-emotional; sickly-sentimental; foolishly gushing.
    • maudlin Tipsy; fuddled; foolish from drink.
    • n maudlin A hardy herbaceous plant, Achillea Ageratum, a kind of milfoil, native to southern Europe, bearing yellow flowers. Also called sweet maudlin.
    • n maudlin The costmary, Tanacetum Balsamita.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Maudlin mawd′lin silly: sickly-sentimental: fuddled, half-drunk:
    • adj Maudlin mawd′lin (obs.) tearful
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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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Maudlin, a contr. of Magdalen, OE. Maudeleyne, who is drawn by painters with eyes swelled and red with weeping
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:

I didn't mean it; I was just maudlin.
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
They had reached a maudlin state, and were bewailing the fate of England.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
I don't mind Saint Maudlin's, if you like.
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
I marvel she is now at large, But oft she 'scapes from Maudlin's charge.
"Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
Down below the ruffians were engaged in drinking themselves into a condition of maudlin merriment.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
My name's Maudlin Bates.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
I cannot be moved by maudlin sentimentality.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
With maudlin energy, however, he began to scramble to his feet.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
A traveler tells of watching bees linger so long beside the vats of the distillery that they became maudlin.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
He reached out in a maudlin effort to touch the maid's white face.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
She was gay, maudlin.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Two of them were drunk and sang maudlin songs in each other's arms.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Very suddenly the surrounding group had scattered, and he peered up through maudlin tears to learn the cause.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
Them wooers of hers, to say nothin' of Turkey Track, possesses jestification for becomin' so plumb maudlin'.
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
I thought you scoffed at all baritones, and only delighted in maudlin tenors and anticking sopranos.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
He was very maudlin and drunk, and Ninian thought that he ought to be kicked.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
When Rayder returned an hour later he was maudlin drunk.
"Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew" by Robert McReynolds
The maudlin sentimentalism of such as you make us all suffer!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He was playing with the dagger again and proffering his heart with maudlin eyes.
"Ewing\'s Lady" by Harry Leon Wilson
I don't want to be maudlin about it.
"The Book of Susan" by Lee Wilson Dodd
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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
Is Europe then to be their sprawling-place?
Their mad-house, till it turns the wide world's bane?
Their place of maudlin, slavering conference
Till every far-off farmstead goes insane?
"Who Knows?" by Vachel Lindsay

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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