emo·​tion·​al·​ism | \ i-ˈmō-shnə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce emotionalism (audio) , -shə-nə-ˌli- \

Definition of emotionalism

1 : a tendency to regard things emotionally
2 : undue indulgence in or display of emotion

Examples of emotionalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No amount of emphatic emotionalism, heroic grandstanding, or Instagrammable, earthbound beauty can distract from this fact. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 26 Oct. 2021 Sometimes his fluttery trills, when combined with lyrics extolling his own sensitivity and emotionalism, are just too much. Mark Richardson, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2021 The prickly strumming of his guitar heroes and the steely-eyed emotionalism of his norteño heritage planted the seeds for Maverick to grow his own rapturous desert soundscapes, which sprawl outward and spiral into the cosmos. Suzy Exposito Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2021 As Jean-Jacques’s emotionalism proliferates in the culture, as people are socialized to see themselves as self-validating vectors of desire, the groundwork of the republic trembles. John D. Hagen, National Review, 20 Aug. 2020 The display of emotionalism going on around you could drive you a little crazy. BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2020 His dances exist entirely on their own, without plot or characters, without emotionalism or psychology. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2019 The work’s flowering lyricism, radiant chords and unabashed emotionalism encapsulate optimism and hope. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, 19 Nov. 2019 But in reality, Thunberg is cutting through—rather than displaying—emotionalism. Camilla Nelson, Quartz, 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of emotionalism

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Emotionalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emotionalism. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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