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maudlin (adj) (of stories, movies, etc.,) extremely sentimental.

A maudlin movie is a highly sentimental movie with exaggerated and insincere emotions. A maudlin story is a sentimental story attempting to express or cause excess of sorrow, affection, sacrifice, and other such sentiments that appear insincere or unrealistic.

  • The play was too maudlin to appeal to mature audiences. It, however, did bring tears to the eyes of some of the audiences who were moved by the excess of sentiment expressed in the play.
  • A majority of the audience began to tire of the movie in the middle itself, because it was maudlin. The characters shed copious tears and one of them rose to the level of a rare sacrifice for the sake of his beloved sister.
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