1. insincere pathos
  2. falsely emotional in a maudlin way
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How To Use mawkishness In A Sentence

  • Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own affectingly hymns the singer's late father, pulling back from mawkishness.
  • What follows from here is unbridled mawkishness interrupted by some slapstick comedy.
  • It could easily have degenerated into dreadful mawkishness but self-deprecating humour helped save the day.
  • Genuine love must combine tenderness and a certain firmness—otherwise, it will lose its inner soundness and resilience, and turn into sterile sloppiness and mawkishness.
  • Perhaps the mawkishness and jingoism of the popular culture prevailing in those days is as distasteful as the shallowness of our own.
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