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sentimentalize

verb sen·ti·men·tal·ize \-ˈmen-tə-ˌlīz\

: to describe or show (something) in an emotional way that makes it seem more attractive or interesting than it really is : to describe or show (something) in a sentimental way

sen·ti·men·tal·izedsen·ti·men·tal·iz·ing

Full Definition of SENTIMENTALIZE

intransitive verb
:  to indulge in sentiment
transitive verb
:  to look upon or imbue with sentiment
sen·ti·men·tal·i·za·tion \-ˌmen-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
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Examples of SENTIMENTALIZE

  1. The movie sentimentalizes the past.
  2. He does not sentimentalize in his biography.

First Known Use of SENTIMENTALIZE

1788

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