Foolish vs Maudlin - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between foolish and maudlin
is that foolish
is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise while maudlin
is affectionate or sentimental in an effusive, tearful, or foolish manner, especially because of drunkenness.
As a noun maudlin is
(obsolete|christianity) the magdalene; (mary magdalene
Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
*:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
*:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
(obsolete, Christianity) The Magdalene; (Mary Magdalene).
* c. 1400 , (trans.), The Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ :
* 1653 , (Nicholas Culpeper), The English Physician Enlarged , Folio Society 2007, p. 186:
- for alle they wor?chipden hir ?ouereynly / as worthy was / but ?pecially Mawdelayne / that wolde neuere departe fro hir.
(obsolete) A Magdalene house; a brothel.
- Common Maudlin have somewhat long and narrow leaves, snipped about the edges.
Affectionate or sentimental in an effusive, tearful, or foolish manner, especially because of drunkenness.
*around 1900 , O. Henry,
Extravagantly or excessively sentimental; mawkish, self-pitying.
- He was a drunkard, and had not known it. What he had fondly imagined was a pleasant exhilaration had been maudlin intoxication.
(obsolete) Tearful, lachrymose.
- ''On the rebound one passes into tears and pathos. Maudlin tears. I almost prefer the moments of agony. These are at least clean and honest. But the bath of self-pity, the wallow, the loathsome sticky-sweet pleasure of indulging it — that disgusts me.