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The history of maudlin owes as much to the Bible as to the
barroom. The biblical Mary Magdalene is often (though some say
mistakenly) identified with the weeping sinner who washed Jesus' feet
with her tears to repent for her sins. This association led to the
frequent depiction of Mary Magdalene as a weeping penitent, and even the name Magdalene came to suggest teary emotion to many English speakers. It was then that maudlin, an alteration of Magdalene,
appeared in the English phrase "maudlin drunk," which, as one
Englishman explained in 1592, described a tearful drunken state whereby
"a fellow will weepe for kindnes in the midst of his Ale and kisse you."
Examples of MAUDLIN
Rather than give his aunt a maudlin greeting card, Jake looked for one that was more in line with her snarky sense of humor.
"There are scenes of violence, grieving, hardship and heartbreak, but 'Rags' never melts into a puddle of maudlin self-pity. It maintains an optimistic attitude."
— James Gill, The New Orleans Advocate, 25 Oct. 2017
Name That Synonym
Unscramble the letters to create a synonym of maudlin: ONLCYIG.