• WordNet 3.6
    • n sentiment a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty "my opinion differs from yours","I am not of your persuasion","what are your thoughts on Haiti?"
    • n sentiment tender, romantic, or nostalgic feeling or emotion
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A little bit sentimental A little bit sentimental

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sentiment A sentence, or passage, considered as the expression of a thought; a maxim; a saying; a toast.
    • Sentiment 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. "The word sentiment , agreeably to the use made of it by our best English writers, expresses, in my own opinion very happily, those complex determinations of the mind which result from the coöperation of our rational powers and of our moral feelings.""Alike to council or the assembly came,
      With equal souls and sentiments the same."
    • Sentiment Hence, generally, a decision of the mind formed by deliberation or reasoning; thought; opinion; notion; judgment; as, to express one's sentiments on a subject. "Sentiments of philosophers about the perception of external objects.""Sentiment, as here and elsewhere employed by Reid in the meaning of opinion (sententia), is not to be imitated."
    • Sentiment Sensibility; feeling; tender susceptibility. "Mr. Hume sometimes employs (after the manner of the French metaphysicians sentiment as synonymous with feeling; a use of the word quite unprecedented in our tongue.""Less of sentiment than sense."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sentiment Feeling; sensation; sentience; life.
    • n sentiment Higher feeling: emotion.
    • n sentiment In psychology, an emotional judgment; also, the faculty for a special emotion.
    • n sentiment Sensibility, or a tendency to make emotional judgments; tender susceptibility.
    • n sentiment 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.
    • n sentiment Thought; opinion; notion; judgment; the decision of the mind formed by deliberation or reflection: as, to express one's sentiments on a subject.
    • n sentiment 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.
    • n sentiment plural In phrenology, the second division of the moral or affective faculties of the mind, the first being termed propensities. See phrenology.
    • n sentiment Taste; quality.
    • n sentiment = 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sentiment sen′ti-ment a thought occasioned by feeling: opinion: judgment: sensibility: feeling: a thought expressed in words: a maxim: a toast: emotion: an exhibition of feeling, as in literature or art:
    • n Sentiment sen′ti-ment (pl., phren.) the second division of the moral faculties
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  • James Russell Lowell
    “Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.”
  • William S. Burroughs
    “In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “We live by our imagination, our admiration s, and our sentiments.”
  • Seneca
    “Nothing is so contemptible as the sentiments of the mob.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Preaching is the expression of moral sentiments applied to the duties of life.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sentement, OF. sentement, F. sentiment, fr. L. sentire, to perceive by the senses and mind, to feel, to think. See Sentient (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Late L.,—L. sentīre, to feel.


In literature:

The novel of sentiment or passion or character would be altogether beyond his scope.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
I have the honor to be, with sentiments of the highest esteem and respect, dear Sir, your most obedient, and most humble servant.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The hatred of the pedantic is the characteristic sentiment of the time.
"English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century" by Leslie Stephen
Anti-slavery sentiment is as old as the human family.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
Although not sentimental in the abstract, he was sweetly sentimental about himself.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
The effect of these appeals to popular sentiment was soon apparent.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
When she first met Oswald Langdon, Esther had not felt any symptoms of the tender sentiment.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
The sentiment that brings us here to-day is one of the noblest that can stir and thrill the human heart.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
Here, if I spoke my sentiments, they said it was to enter into a dispute.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
The sentiment of the song is peculiarly pleasing.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various

In poetry:

Surrounded by a twittling crew,
Of linnet, lark, and thrush,
BILL treated his young lady to
This sentimental gush:
"The Cunning Woman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Obedient to your wish am I,
And thus my sentiments disclose:
Together you must live and die,
Together must be friends or foes.
"Hope And Memory" by Joanna Baillie
The other bowed, and left,
Crestfallen in sentiment, as one bereft
Of some fair object he had been moved to cherish,
By hands more deft.
"The Obliterate Tomb" by Thomas Hardy
The precepts that we held I kept;
Proudly my ways with you I went:
We lived our dreams while others slept,
And did not shrink from sentiment.
"The Sentimentalist" by James Elroy Flecker
"'Tis the voice of the Jubjub!" he suddenly cried.
(This man, that they used to call "Dunce.")
"As the Bellman would tell you," he added with pride,
"I have uttered that sentiment once.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
The trembling frame, the living cheek,
Where, like the morning, blushes break
To crimson o'er the breast;
The look where sentiment is seen,
Fine passion moving o'er the mien,
And all the soul express'd:
"Ode to Women" by John Logan

In news:

So, I wonder if tenderly sentimental readers will page through this poetry and weep.
Hahn will 'remove sentimentality ' from decision-making.
Sentimentality , effects lift 'Ghost: The Musical'.
Keillor rescues love from sentimentality .
Without Sentimentality , The Work of 6 Germans.
Resisting Pressure To Sentimentalize Over Daniel Pearl.
Sentimentally valued jack-o-lantern will be lonely next Halloween.
England emerging as the EUFA Euro 2012 fave, sentimentally , at least.
Rising separatist sentiment in Europe.
The rise of anti-Muslim sentiment in America has brought with it a wave of largely-unsubstantiated suggestions from conservative media commentators and politicians that America is at risk of falling under the sway of Sharia law .
'Zookeeper' review: Sentiment soothes shrillness .
Research In Motion staggers into its BlackBerry World developer conference with negative sentiment around its PlayBook tablet and its new earnings forecast shortfall.
The SIMA Waterman's Ball brings out a different side of surfers—they put on suits and they get sentimental.
(Chris Detrick The Salt Lake Tribune) An Outdoor Retailer survey shows that while members like coming to Utah for the shows, there is plenty of sentiment that what's offered here is too little for the shows' ever-growing needs.
Worrying Reports From China, India Damp Sentiment.

In science:

Very recently another approach for joint sentiment and topic modeling was proposed in .
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models
As an application they consider prediction of the overall document sentiment, though they do not consider multi-aspect ranking.
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models
Both of these joint sentiment-topic models are orthogonal to the multi-grain model proposed in our paper.
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models
The next ma jor step in this work is to combine the aspect extraction methods presented here with standard sentiment analysis algorithms to aggregate and summarize sentiment for products and services.
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models
Currently we are investigating a two-stage approach where aspects are first extracted and sentiment is then aggregated.
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models