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mawkish (adj) sentimental.

Mawkish behavior is expressing too much of emotion and sentiment in a way that is embarrassing. Showing too much of emotion is mawkish. A mawkish poem is a highly sentimental poem, that is, a poem, which expresses too much of emotion that is insincere. A mawkish story or a movie is a sentimental story or movie.

  • Though the audiences are tired of mawkish plays and movies, writers and producers are never tired of them. There are always audiences who in their innocence shed tears at the excess of sentiment they express.
  • The mawkish dialogues in the play brought ridicule from the spectators, rather than tears or laughter.
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