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sentimentalism

[sen-tuh-men-tl-iz-uh m] /ˌsɛn təˈmɛn tlˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
sentimental tendency or character; predominance of sentiment over reason.
2.
weak emotionalism; excessive indulgence in sentiment.
3.
a display of sentimentality.
Origin of sentimentalism
1810-1820
1810-20; sentimental + -ism
Related forms
oversentimentalism, noun
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Examples from the Web for sentimentalism
Historical Examples
  • Of course, we know that people with unromantic and unimaginative minds will call this sentimentalism.

  • Dreaming wanes into sentimentalism, and sentimentalism is fatal to action.

  • Philip was getting into a dangerous mood with his sentimentalism.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • The excess of sentimentalism had given rise to the other extreme of naturalism.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • But while their sentimentalism was German, their realism was American.

    Our Foreigners Samuel P. Orth
  • His sentimentalism had apparently not quite passed from him.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • sentimentalism in the observer and romanticism in the artist are examples of this aesthetic incapacity.

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
  • Then came your opposition to my crusade against the sentimentalism of the day.

  • And are men and women so inthralled by the molasses of sentimentalism in life?

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • Let who will call this sentimentalism, it is none the less hard fact.

    Socialism: Positive and Negative Robert Rives La Monte
British Dictionary definitions for sentimentalism

sentimentalism

/ˌsɛntɪˈmɛntəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being sentimental
2.
an act, statement, etc, that is sentimental
Derived Forms
sentimentalist, noun
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Word Origin and History for sentimentalism
n.

1801, from sentimental + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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