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Mawkish means excessive sentimentality or a unhealthy fascination with death or tragedy.

Comes from the old English word 'maggot' and originally meant β€œsickly or nauseated' But mawkish eventually evolved to mean something so overly sentimental it makes you sick.

Nowadays it has come to mean those who have a fascination and a joy in tragedy and bereavement and enjoy placing flowers on celebrity or national tragedy grave sites or monuments even though you have no connection to them family wise or friend wise.
She just placed a bunch of flowers on that strangers grave site just cause she saw it on Facebook that is so mawkish!
by Tiggerbox29 September 02, 2017
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