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[mawd-lin] /ˈmɔd lɪn/

tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental:
a maudlin story of a little orphan and her lost dog.
foolishly or mawkishly sentimental because of drunkenness.
foolishly tearful or sentimental, as when drunk

c.1600, “tearful,” from Middle English fem. proper name Maudelen (early 14c.), from Magdalene (Old French Madelaine), woman’s name, originally surname of Mary the repentant sinner forgiven by Jesus in Luke vii:37 (see Magdalene). In paintings, she often was shown weeping as a sign of repentance. Meaning “characterized by tearful sentimentality” is recorded by 1630s.


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