sentimentalism

[sen-tuh-men-tl-iz-uhm]
noun
1.
sentimental tendency or character; predominance of sentiment over reason.
2.
weak emotionalism; excessive indulgence in sentiment.
3.
a display of sentimentality.

Origin:
1810–20; sentimental + -ism

oversentimentalism, noun
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sentimentalism (ˌsɛntɪˈmɛntəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
1.  the state or quality of being sentimental
2.  an act, statement, etc, that is sentimental
 
sentimentalist
 
n

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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.
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