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sentimentalize

[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.
Also, especially British, sentimentalise.
Origin
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 for sentimentalize
  • Anyone who would sentimentalize adolescence either is a fraud or has a bad memory.
  • But as a newsboy you, in a special moment, many people sentimentalize the newsboy.
  • First, there's a tendency to sentimentalize the public spaces of traditional cities.
British Dictionary definitions for sentimentalize

sentimentalize

/ˌsɛntɪˈmɛntəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to make sentimental or behave sentimentally
Derived Forms
sentimentalization, sentimentalisation, noun
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