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[sen-tuh-men-tal-i-tee] /ˌsɛn tə mɛnˈtæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural sentimentalities.
the quality or state of being sentimental or excessively sentimental.
an instance of being sentimental.
a sentimental act, gesture, expression, etc.
Origin of sentimentality
1760-70; sentimental + -ity
Related forms
oversentimentality, noun
Can be confused
sentiment, sentimentality (see synonym study at sentiment)
See sentiment. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sentimentality
  • We cannot allow sentimentality to disrupt our decisions.
  • He adored the bank, with an attachment that bordered on sentimentality.
  • The idea is simple, but unhappily it has been a long time reaching us, being hindered by idealism and sentimentality.
  • So, it appears to me to be a matter of saving the sites as a matter of history and sentimentality.
  • Thought both episodes suffered from narrative slack, one note characterization and cheap, dime-store sentimentality.
  • It is the sin of false emphasis, which is not a moral but a literary lapse, related to sentimentality.
  • His face belies a brusque and wary nature that veers between cruelty and sentimentality.
  • Frank says there is no place for sentimentality in life or art, but it bores its way in nevertheless.
  • She would roll up her sleeves and dispense with sentimentality, and do whatever blood-soaked, bad-smelling thing had to be done.
  • And her function is to cut through the piety and sentimentality without subverting it.
British Dictionary definitions for sentimentality


noun (pl) -ties
the state, quality, or an instance of being sentimental
an act, statement, etc, that is sentimental
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sentimentality

1768, from sentimental + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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