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

  • Then came your opposition to my crusade against the sentimentalism of the day.

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

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Let who will call this sentimentalism, it is none the less hard fact.

    Socialism: Positive and Negative Robert Rives La Monte
  • But while their sentimentalism was German, their realism was American.

    Our Foreigners Samuel P. Orth
  • Dreaming wanes into sentimentalism, and sentimentalism is fatal to action.

  • sentimentalism in the observer and romanticism in the artist are examples of this aesthetic incapacity.

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
  • The excess of sentimentalism had given rise to the other extreme of naturalism.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • And are men and women so inthralled by the molasses of sentimentalism in life?

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • His sentimentalism had apparently not quite passed from him.

    Michael E. F. Benson
British Dictionary definitions for sentimentalism


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

1801, from sentimental + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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