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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
1810-1820
1810-20; sentimental + -ism
Related forms
oversentimentalism, noun
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Examples for sentimentalism
  • When he tries to be purely melodic, he is apt to fall back upon cheap sentimentalism, tinged with spurious folk-song color.
  • Her position was that sentimentalism had to be set aside.
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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