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Definition insincerely emotional or with contrived sentimentality
  • The story has a hopelessly mawkish ending.
mawkish = insincerely emotional or with contrived sentimentality
  • She is a well-paid writer or mawkish screenplays.
  • mawkish = insincerely emotional or with contrived sentimentality
  • Alas, alas, that knowledge, in itself so hateful and mawkish a thing, should yet be necessary for Power!
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • He was astonished at its religious tone, which seemed to him neither mawkish nor sentimental.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • We have come to hold, in a kind of mawkish stupor, that greatness is to be gauged by self-sacrifice.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I shall tell them that our courts, swamped with mawkish sentimentality, are no longer fit instruments to safeguard the public peace!
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • 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
  • My occupation during these leisure hours perhaps would strike my old friends East as idle, silly, mawkish.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • You are a soft-hearted, mawkish creature; how could you hate any one?
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • His face was red, and his nose was crimson; his eyes were moist and mawkishly sweet.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • 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
  • "No, I don't think so," Rob says mawkishly, thinking it's some sort of joke.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • 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
  • At Heidelberg I met a fat veterinary surgeon whose voice broke with sobs as he repeated some mawkish poetry.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • I am not saying this now from any mawkish kind of remorse.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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