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[sen-tuh-men-tl] /ˌsɛn təˈmɛn tl/
expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia:
a sentimental song.
pertaining to or dependent on sentiment:
We kept the old photograph for purely sentimental reasons.
weakly emotional; mawkishly susceptible or tender:
the sentimental Victorians.
characterized by or showing sentiment or refined feeling.
1740-50; sentiment + -al1
Related forms
sentimentally, adverb
antisentimental, adjective
antisentimentally, adverb
hypersentimental, adjective
hypersentimentally, adverb
intersentimental, adjective
oversentimental, adjective
oversentimentally, adverb
quasi-sentimental, adjective
quasi-sentimentally, adverb
semisentimental, adjective
semisentimentally, adverb
supersentimental, adjective
supersentimentally, adverb
unsentimental, adjective
unsentimentally, adverb
1. romantic, tender, nostalgic; maudlin, bathetic.
1, 4. dispassionate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sentimental
  • These observations are filtered through a mind that is alert, never sentimental, and deeply suspicious of romantic cant.
  • For those on our cruise, it was clearly a sentimental journey.
  • People often use words to convey, not what the actual words mean, but a sentimental meaning.
  • Here, the scale is smaller, and there is no superabundance of monologue and sentimental digression.
  • At other moments, the film wallows in sentimental anachronism.
  • It might seem, at first, that both novelists are indulging in a bit of sentimental relaxation.
  • There are the sentimental few who still have fax machines.
  • Abby's eyes, emeralds still, met mine and flickered for one sentimental second.
  • Some prenups touch upon more sentimental topics, such as who keeps the heirloom silverware received as a wedding present.
  • It has been dismissed as a ghastly specimen of sentimental kitsch.
British Dictionary definitions for sentimental


tending to indulge the emotions excessively
making a direct appeal to the emotions, esp to romantic feelings
relating to or characterized by sentiment
Derived Forms
sentimentally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sentimental

1749, "pertaining to or characterized by sentiment," from sentiment + -al (1). At first without pejorative connotations; meaning "having too much sentiment, apt to be swayed by prejudice" had emerged by 1793 (implied in sentimentalist). Related: Sentimentally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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