sentimentalism


sen·ti·men·tal·ism

noun \ˌsen-tə-ˈmen-tə-ˌli-zəm\

: a tendency to have or express feelings of love, sadness, etc., especially in a way that seems foolish or excessive : a sentimental quality

Full Definition of SENTIMENTALISM

1
:  the disposition to favor or indulge in sentimentality
2
:  an excessively sentimental conception or statement
sen·ti·men·tal·ist \-tə-list\ noun

Examples of SENTIMENTALISM

  1. the sentimentalism of 19th-century art
  2. <the novel's sentimentalism bored me>

First Known Use of SENTIMENTALISM

1817

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