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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sentiment  \Sen"ti*ment\,  n.  [OE.  sentement,  OF  sentement,  F. 
  sentiment,  fr  L.  sentire  to  perceive  by  the  senses  and  mind, 
  to  feel  to  think.  See  {Sentient},  a.] 
  1.  A  thought  prompted  by  passion  or  feeling;  a  state  of  mind 
  in  view  of  some  subject;  feeling  toward  or  respecting  some 
  person  or  thing  disposition  prompting  to  action  or 
  The  word  sentiment,  agreeably  to  the  use  made  of  it 
  by  our  best  English  writers,  expresses,  in  my  own 
  opinion  very  happily,  those  complex  determinations 
  of  the  mind  which  result  from  the  co["o]peration  of 
  our  rational  powers  and  of  our  moral  feelings. 
  Alike  to  council  or  the  assembly  came  With  equal 
  souls  and  sentiments  the  same  --Pope. 
  2.  Hence  generally,  a  decision  of  the  mind  formed  by 
  deliberation  or  reasoning;  thought;  opinion;  notion; 
  judgment;  as  to  express  one's  sentiments  on  a  subject. 
  Sentiments  of  philosophers  about  the  perception  of 
  external  objects.  --Reid. 
  Sentiment,  as  here  and  elsewhere  employed  by  Reid  in 
  the  meaning  of  opinion  (sententia),  is  not  to  be 
  imitated.  --Sir  W. 
  3.  A  sentence,  or  passage,  considered  as  the  expression  of  a 
  thought;  a  maxim;  a  saying;  a  toast. 
  4.  Sensibility;  feeling;  tender  susceptibility. 
  Mr  Hume  sometimes  employs  (after  the  manner  of  the 
  French  metaphysicians)  sentiment  as  synonymous  with 
  feeling;  a  use  of  the  word  quite  unprecedented  in 
  our  tongue.  --Stewart. 
  Less  of  sentiment  than  sense  --Tennyson. 
  Syn:  Thought;  opinion;  notion;  sensibility;  feeling. 
  Usage:  {Sentiment},  {Opinion},  {Feeling}.  An  opinion  is  an 
  intellectual  judgment  in  respect  to  any  and  every  kind 
  of  truth.  Feeling  describes  those  affections  of 
  pleasure  and  pain  which  spring  from  the  exercise  of 
  our  sentient  and  emotional  powers.  Sentiment 
  (particularly  in  the  plural)  lies  between  them 
  denoting  settled  opinions  or  principles  in  regard  to 
  subjects  which  interest  the  feelings  strongly,  and  are 
  presented  more  or  less  constantly  in  practical  life. 
  Hence  it  is  more  appropriate  to  speak  of  our 
  religious  sentiments  than  opinions,  unless  we  mean  to 
  exclude  all  reference  to  our  feelings.  The  word 
  sentiment,  in  the  singular,  leans  ordinarily  more  to 
  the  side  of  feeling,  and  denotes  a  refined  sensibility 
  on  subjects  affecting  the  heart.  ``On  questions  of 
  feeling,  taste,  observation,  or  report,  we  define  our 
  sentiments.  On  questions  of  science,  argument,  or 
  metaphysical  abstraction,  we  define  our  opinions.  The 
  sentiments  of  the  heart.  The  opinions  of  the  mind  .  . 
  .  There  is  more  of  instinct  in  sentiment,  and  more  of 
  definition  in  opinion.  The  admiration  of  a  work  of  art 
  which  results  from  first  impressions  is  classed  with 
  our  sentiments;  and  when  we  have  accounted  to 
  ourselves  for  the  approbation,  it  is  classed  with  our 
  opinions.''  --W.  Taylor. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  tender,  romantic,  or  nostalgic  feeling  or  emotion 
  2:  a  personal  belief  that  is  not  founded  on  proof  or  certainty; 
  "my  opinion  differs  from  yours";  "what  are  your  thoughts 
  on  Haiti?"  [syn:  {opinion},  {persuasion},  {view},  {thought}] 

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