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  • The story has a hopelessly mawkish ending.
  • She is a well-paid writer or mawkish screenplays.
  • On the way home, riding through the green marshes, I would explain to the shell-shocked visitor that the children felt that Strauss was overrated, you know, old chap, a little too mawkish and sugary.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "bursting the bonds of tyranny," and the like, may come across to this post-Freudian age as mawkish posturing, romantic sentimentalism, hollow platitudes.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865

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  • She had not planned to weep—it was the last thing from her mind, a display of mawkish weakness—but she could not help it.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • We have come to hold, in a kind of mawkish stupor, that greatness is to be gauged by self-sacrifice.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The Cabaret’s plywood-paneled walls are hung with deer antlers, Old Milwaukee beer promos, and mawkish paintings of game birds taking flight.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Alas, alas, that knowledge, in itself so hateful and mawkish a thing, should yet be necessary for Power!
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • It would have been good-natured except for a look in the eyes, which shone with a watery, mawkish light under almost white, blinking eyelashes.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • You’d hear of odd things if I lived alone with that mawkish, waxen face: the most ordinary would be painting on its white the colours of the rainbow, and turning the blue eyes black, every day or two: they detestably resemble Linton’s.’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • Wine soaked and softened rolled pith of bread mustard a moment mawkish cheese.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "No, I don’t think so," Rob says mawkishly, thinking it’s some sort of joke.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • You are a soft-hearted, mawkish creature; how could you hate any one?
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • -to conquer the world, was the way his voice sounded on his last sentence-and she marveled at the difference between that sound and the shameful, mawkish tone, half-whine, half-threat, the tone of beggar and thug combined, which the men of their century had given to the word "need."
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • His face was red, and his nose was crimson; his eyes were moist and mawkishly sweet.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The ability to see a human life in its entirety, not with any mawkish sorrow but with a thrilling satisfaction in being the end of that life, in having a hand in the divine plan.’
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • If such crimes admit of such defense, if this fiend’s life is spared because of such a defense, I shall resign my office and tell those people out there in the streets that I can no longer protect their lives and property! I shall tell them that our courts, swamped with mawkish sentimentality, are no longer fit instruments to safeguard the public peace! I shall tell them that we have abandoned the fight for civilization!
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Deriving his idiosyncrasies from both sides of the Channel, he showed at such junctures as the present the inelasticity of the Englishman, together with that blindness to the line where sentiment verges on mawkishness, characteristic of the French.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The fantasy of the Grand March played more or less the same role in his life as the mawkish song about the two brightly lit windows in Sabina’s.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • I am not saying this now from any mawkish kind of remorse.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • He was astonished at its religious tone, which seemed to him neither mawkish nor sentimental.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • My occupation during these leisure hours perhaps would strike my old friends East as idle, silly, mawkish.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • At Heidelberg I met a fat veterinary surgeon whose voice broke with sobs as he repeated some mawkish poetry.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Eugene, when he first noticed an occurrence of this sort, was getting on to his fifth year: shame gathered in him in tangled clots, aching in his throat; he twisted his neck about convulsively, smiling desperately as he did later when he saw poor buffoons or mawkish scenes in the theatre.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • …fatedness in the rolling brass, and then there was a long silence and a white screen and finally a face that transfigures itself in a series of multiple-exposure shots, losing its goiters and gnarls, a seamed eye reopening, and it was awfully mawkish, okay, but wonderful also, a sequence that occurred outside the action proper, a distinct and visible wish connecting you directly to the mind of the film, and the man sheds his marks and scars and seems to grow younger and paler until the…
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Yet, another mug of beer?" and one and another successively having buried their blond whiskers in the mawkish draught, curled them and swaggered off into the fair.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • …offer—
    I shall always remember it, that I know ….
    even in my dreams."
    She turned to Eumaeus,
    ordered the good swineherd now to set the bow
    and the gleaming iron axes out before the suitors.
    He broke into tears as he received them, laid them down.
    The cowherd wept too, when he saw his master’s bow.
    But Antinous wheeled on both and let them have it:
    "Yokels, fools—you can’t tell night from day!
    You mawkish idiots, why are you sniveling here?
    You’re stirring up your mistress!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Mawkish pulp her mouth had mumbled sweetsour of her spittle.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • In fact, I tried to write many things, but my mind was so boggled by the circumstances of my students and my own life was so uncertain and without direction that I found myself writing mawkish doggerel and prose of an extraordinary purplish tinge.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Their words were not mawkish melodrama; they meant what they said.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Her whole manner seemed changed for the better since yesterday, there was scarcely any trace of that mawkish sweetness in her speech, of that voluptuous softness in her movements.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • ’Yes, Arkady, yes, I have other things to say to you, but I’m not going to say them, because that’s sentimentalism—that means, mawkishness.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Sabina’s path of betrayals would then continue elsewhere, and from the depths of her being, a silly mawkish song about two shining windows and the happy family living behind them would occasionally make its way into the unbearable lightness of being.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • …and a portent before even the most open-minded: if there were nothing to charge against the Negro but his blackness or other physical peculiarities, they argue, the problem would be comparatively simple; but what can we say to his ignorance, shiftlessness, poverty, and crime? can a self-respecting group hold anything but the least possible fellowship with such persons and survive? and shall we let a mawkish sentiment sweep away the culture of our fathers or the hope of our children?
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
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