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maudlin adj : effusively or insincerely emotional; "a bathetic novel"; "maudlin expressons of sympathy"; "mushy effusiveness"; "a schmaltzy song"; "sentimental soap operas"; "slushy poetry" [syn: bathetic, drippy, hokey, mawkish, mushy, schmaltzy, schmalzy, sentimental, slushy]

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From the name for Mary Magdalen in the Bible, typically depicted weeping.


  1. Extravagantly or excessively sentimental; self-pitying.
    ''On the rebound one passes into tears and pathos. Maudlin tears. I almost prefer the moments of agony. These are at least clean and honest. But the bath of self-pity, the wallow, the loathsome sticky-sweet pleasure of indulging it — that disgusts me.
    CS Lewis, A Grief Observed, 1961
  2. Affectionate or sentimental in an effusive, tearful, or foolish manner, especially because of drunkenness

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