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meaning :

  1. characterized by sickly sentimentality; weakly emotional; maudlin;
  2. excessively or falsely sentimental; showing a sickly excess of sentiment;
  3. sentimental in an exaggerated or false way;
  4. having a faint sickly flavour;

use : First know use:1660-70; archaic.

origin :  From obsolete mawk maggot ( late Middle English, Old Norse mathkr maggot) + ish.

examples :

  1. No pods being immediately in evidence, we suspect it was a more run-of-the-mill form of mawkish, voter-confidence-reducing sentimentality disguised as comradely goodwill.
  2. Public displays of emotion were, he argued, a ‘symptom of a fragmented society that has exchanged reason for emotion, action for gesture, cool reserve for mawkish sentimentality’.
  3. The jibe is off-key too because Wilde himself was hardly immune to the sentimental and even the mawkish.

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October 22, 2015

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