V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. overly sweet, like sugar; 2. overly sentimental

Synonyms: ingratiating, sweet, sugary, syrupy, sugar-coated, oversentimental, cloying

Antonyms: sour, bitter

Tips: Saccharine is derived from the Middle Latin saccharum, which means "sugar." It may be helpful to think of the artificial sweetener saccharin that is found in products like Sweet-N-Low. Saccharine is generally used to describe people or things that are sickeningly sweet.

Usage Examples:

Her speech was so saccharine, I could hardly stomach it. (overly sweet)

The play was ruined by its saccharine-sweet ending. (syrupy)

Whenever that saccharine love song comes on the radio, I have to change stations. (oversentimental, sweet)

She was always very nice, but her sweetness sometimes bordered on saccharine. (cloying, syrupy)

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