mawkish

Part of speech: adverb

MAWKISHLY.

Part of speech: noun

MAWKISHNESS.

Part of speech: adjective

Disgusting; insipid.

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Usage examples "mawkish":

  1. From the educated German, we may learn that enthusiastic love and reverence for the intellectual and for the beautiful in all its phases, whether of nature, of sentiment, or of art, which is inherent in his character, and which gives to life so much of its charm; while by us he is taught that practicality must be the basis of his philosophy, and that without a certain admixture of utilitarianism his sentiment is mawkish and unmanly, and his theories are idly speculative and puerile. - "The History of Louisville, from the Earliest Settlement till the Year 1852", Ben Casseday.
  2. I have not an idea what to do with that part; however, I must apply myself to it, and try; such mawkish sentiment, and such prosaic, commonplace language seem to me alike difficult to feel and to deliver. - "Records of a Girlhood", Frances Ann Kemble.
  3. Pray don't let us have any mawkish sentiment, good Master Sheriff! - "Pretty Michal", Mór Jókai.