Definition of Mawkishness

1. Noun. Insincere pathos.

Exact synonyms: Bathos
Generic synonyms: Sentimentality
Derivative terms: Mawkish



2. Noun. Falsely emotional in a maudlin way.

Definition of Mawkishness

1. n. The quality or state of being mawkish.

Definition of Mawkishness

1. Noun. The property of being mawkish. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mawkishness

1. [n -ES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mawkishness

maw-worms
maw worm
maw worms
mawashi
mawbound
mawbyite
mawed
mawing
mawk
mawkier
mawkiest
mawkin
mawkins
mawkish
mawkishly
mawkishness (current term)
mawkishnesses
mawks
mawky
mawle
mawles
mawlid
mawlids
mawmenny
mawmet
mawmetries
mawmetry
mawmets
mawmish
mawn

Literary usage of Mawkishness

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. English Hymns: Their Authors and History by Samuel Willoughby Duffield (1886)
"... poem runs into sentimentality and mawkishness, and is very far below these noble verses. OH, still in accents sweet and strong. —S. LONGFELLOW. ..."

2. A Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions by Richard Soule (1891)
"... mawkishness. 2. Truism, trite remark. Platitudinous, a. Stale, trite, flat, dull, insipid. Platonic, a. I. Academic, of Plato. 3. ..."

3. The Makers of English Poetry by William James Dawson (1906)
"It exactly hits the cardinal fault of Keats' early poetry—viz., mawkishness. There is a desire for mere prettiness of diction, an intemperate use of ..."

4. Lives of Great English Writers from Chaucer to Browning by Walter Swain Hinchman, Francis Barton Gummere (1908)
"It gave rise to his youthful mawkishness and to his " horrid morbidity of ... It is indeed worth noting that Keats overcame his youthful mawkishness more ..."

5. The United States Democratic Review by Conrad Swackhamer (1855)
"Nothing could well be more fortunate than the last expression—" mawkishness." Were it for nothing else, we would testify that the Herald has fulfilled one ..."

6. Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country (1882)
"... your mood is one of mawkish and ineffective sentimentalism: and mawkishness and ... shown between mawkishness like ours and those parts of the ideal, ..."

7. Fraser's Magazine by Thomas Carlyle (1882)
"... mawkish and ineffective sentimentalism: and mawkishness and sentimentalism have a natural tendency to die out in fresh and stirring air. ..."

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