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SENTIMENT

An act of the human will consciously liking or disliking someone or something. It differs from mere feeling, which is purely sensible, and from emotion, which is normally more intense. Sentiment plays an important role in the spiritual life as a kind of supernatural impuls toward what is morally good and away from what is morally bad. (Etym. Latin sentimentum, from sentire, to feel.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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