Word of the Every Other Day


\SAK-er-in, -uh-reen, -uh-rahyn\


1. exaggeratedly sweet or sentimental: a saccharine smile; a saccharine song of undying love.

2. of the nature of or resembling that of sugar: a powdery substance with a saccharine taste.

3. containing or yielding sugar.

4. a very sweet to the taste; sugary: a saccharine dessert.

5. cloyingly agreeable or ingratiating: a saccharine personality.

Nellie’s saccharine Bryn Mawr voice tried to turn away the other voice that again said, “Your incredible Bryn Mawr, Nell.” — H.D., HERmione, 1927

There are lovely if saccharine ballads destined to be played at weddings in the year 2020… — Ben Greenman, “The Wonder Stuff,” The New Yorker, October 17, 2005

We need a harder-edged piece to balance all the saccharine in this issue. — Sherri Wood Emmons, The Weight of Small Things, 2013

Saccharine comes from the Sanskrit word śarkarā meaning “sugar.”

Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for saccharine

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