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sentimentalize

or (especially British) sentimentalise

[sen-tuh-men-tl-ahyz] /ˌsɛn təˈmɛn tlˌaɪz/
verb (used without object), sentimentalized, sentimentalizing.
1.
to indulge in sentiment.
verb (used with object), sentimentalized, sentimentalizing.
2.
to view (someone or something) sentimentally:
He sentimentalized the relationship until all real meaning was lost.
Origin of sentimentalize
1790-1800
1790-1800; sentimental + -ize
Related forms
sentimentalization, noun
sentimentalizer, noun
oversentimentalize, verb, oversentimentalized, oversentimentalizing.
semisentimentalized, adjective
unsentimentalized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sentimentalize
Historical Examples
  • The tendency to sentimentalize nature has, in our time, largely taken the place of the old tendency to demonize and spiritize it.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • With a mind at ease, I now set myself to sentimentalize with Mdlle.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • He was not one, this young man who was out for a bit of a lark, to sentimentalize about antiquity or the charm of the unspoiled.

  • I am not going to sentimentalize over my copy, for how much of it have I read?

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • Yet employers tell labor managers they must not sentimentalize.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • Miss Watts never tried to sentimentalize their relationship.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • Oh, he was taken in by it, no doubt; it was something to sentimentalize over and be self-sacrificing about.

    A Woman of Genius Mary Austin
  • Why don't you sentimentalize his helpless, overworked horse?

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
  • And I don't want you to sentimentalize any of the things you see in New York.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
  • Nature for Susan, in short, was all mood, ranging from cold horror to supernal beauty; she did not sentimentalize the gradations.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
British Dictionary definitions for sentimentalize

sentimentalize

/ˌsɛntɪˈmɛntəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to make sentimental or behave sentimentally
Derived Forms
sentimentalization, sentimentalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for sentimentalize
v.

1764, intransitive, "indulge in sentiments," from sentimental + -ize. Meaning "to make sentimental" (transitive) is from 1813. Related: Sentimentalized; sentimentalizing.

Think on these things, and let S______ go to Lincoln sessions by himself, and talk classically with country justices. In the meantime we will philosophize and sentimentalize;--the last word is a bright invention of the moment in which it was written, for yours or Dr. Johnson's service .... [Laurence Sterne, letter to William Combe, Esq., dated Aug. 5, 1764, published 1787]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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