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sentimental

[sen-tuh-men-tl] /ˌsɛn təˈmɛn tl/
adjective
1.
expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia:
a sentimental song.
2.
pertaining to or dependent on sentiment:
We kept the old photograph for purely sentimental reasons.
3.
weakly emotional; mawkishly susceptible or tender:
the sentimental Victorians.
4.
characterized by or showing sentiment or refined feeling.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; sentiment + -al1
Related forms
sentimentally, adverb
antisentimental, adjective
antisentimentally, adverb
hypersentimental, adjective
hypersentimentally, adverb
intersentimental, adjective
oversentimental, adjective
oversentimentally, adverb
quasi-sentimental, adjective
quasi-sentimentally, adverb
semisentimental, adjective
semisentimentally, adverb
supersentimental, adjective
supersentimentally, adverb
unsentimental, adjective
unsentimentally, adverb
Synonyms
1. romantic, tender, nostalgic; maudlin, bathetic.
Antonyms
1, 4. dispassionate.
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Examples for sentimentally
  • Interestingly, anti-sentimentally, the object of his pity is not endearing.
  • Not so long ago, they were viewed so sentimentally it could make your teeth ache.
  • He softens, but logically, even though sentimentally.
British Dictionary definitions for sentimentally

sentimental

/ˌsɛntɪˈmɛntəl/
adjective
1.
tending to indulge the emotions excessively
2.
making a direct appeal to the emotions, esp to romantic feelings
3.
relating to or characterized by sentiment
Derived Forms
sentimentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sentimentally
sentimental
1749, "pertaining to or characterized by sentiment," from sentiment (q.v.). At first without pejorative connotations; meaning "having too much sentiment" had emerged by 1793 (sentimentalist).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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