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emotionalism

[ih-moh-shuh-nl-iz-uh m] /ɪˈmoʊ ʃə nlˈɪz əm/
noun
1.
excessively emotional character:
the emotionalism of sentimental fiction.
2.
strong or excessive appeal to the emotions:
the emotionalism of patriotic propaganda.
3.
a tendency to display or respond with undue emotion, especially morbid emotion.
4.
unwarranted expression or display of emotion.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; emotional + -ism
Related forms
nonemotionalism, noun
Synonyms
sentimentality, mawkishness.
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British Dictionary definitions for emotionalism

emotionalism

/ɪˈməʊʃənəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
emotional nature, character, or quality
2.
a tendency to yield readily to the emotions
3.
an appeal to the emotions, esp an excessive appeal, as to an audience
4.
a doctrine stressing the value of deeply felt responses in ethics and the arts
Derived Forms
emotionalist, noun
emotionalistic, adjective
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