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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MAWKISH

What a fool, what a weak, mawkish, insipid fool he had made of himself!

For mawkish, sentimental religion the Count had an honest contempt.

There was no mawkish sentiment—no melancholy in his make-up.

It's all splendid and barbaric; no mawkish sentiment about it.

This is no time for trifling, nor for mawkish sentimentality.

Yes, my heart swells, but not with the mawkish fondness of a feeble mother.

They are a weakening of moral fiber, a waste of mawkish sentimentality.

I hate 'em when they make parting scenes: it's too mawkish!'

Often there is to the style a mawkish Sunday-school juvenile flavor.

The whole thing was faulty, mawkish, amateurish, and futile.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, "sickly, nauseated," from Middle English mawke "maggot" (see maggot). Sense of "sickly sentimental" is first recorded 1702. Related: Mawkishly; mawkishness.

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