sentiment


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sen·ti·ment

(sen'ti-ment),
1. Feeling or emotion in relation to one idea.
2. A complex disposition or organization of a person with reference to a given object (a person, thing, or abstract idea) that makes the object what it is for him or her.
[L. sentio, to feel]

sentiment

(sĕn′tĭ-mĕnt) [L. sentio, to feel]
1. Feeling, sensibility; any emotional attitude toward objects or subjects.
2. Tenderness.
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There are two of the lines in which a sentiment is conveyed that embodies the all in all of the divine passion of Love -- a sentiment which, perhaps, has found its echo in more, and in more passionate, human hearts than any other single sentiment ever embodied in words: --
The Corsican had taken pleasure in developing these savage sentiments in the heart of his daughter, precisely as a lion teaches the lion- cubs to spring upon their prey.
This expression of your sentiments," he remarked at last, "is interesting so far as it goes.
And the first condition is, that we must leave a too close and lingering adherence to facts, and study the sentiment as it appeared in hope and not in history.
Their kind sentiments awaken spontaneously towards the interesting possessors of it.
He had an affection for the aged disciple of Michaelis, a complex sentiment depending a little on her prestige, on her personality, but most of all on the instinct of flattered gratitude.
There are moments when the extent of it seems doubtful; and till his sentiments are fully known, you cannot wonder at my wishing to avoid any encouragement of my own partiality, by believing or calling it more than it is.
A landed interest, a manufacturing interest, a mercantile interest, a moneyed interest, with many lesser interests, grow up of necessity in civilized nations, and divide them into different classes, actuated by different sentiments and views.
In our day we have progressed to a point where such sentiments mark weakness and atavism.
Children of neighboring families, their affection was older even than their school-days; it seemed an innate principle, interfused among all their sentiments and feelings, and not so much a distinct remembrance, as connected with their whole volume of remembrances.
said Silky, who was lounging in a corner of the shop--"wonderful sentiments, and such as becomes a man of honesty.
Mainwaring can have told you to occasion so extraordinary a change in your sentiments.