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 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, "The Gospel of Jean-Jacques," 20 Aug. 2020 The display of emotionalism going on around you could drive you a little crazy. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 17 June 2020 His dances exist entirely on their own, without plot or characters, without emotionalism or psychology. Washington Post, "‘Merce Cunningham at 100’: Beautiful but missing a spark," 4 Oct. 2019 The work’s flowering lyricism, radiant chords and unabashed emotionalism encapsulate optimism and hope. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "‘Silenced Voices’: A haunting album with music from those who died in the Holocaust," 19 Nov. 2019 But in reality, Thunberg is cutting through—rather than displaying—emotionalism. Camilla Nelson, Quartz, "Why angry middle-aged men are so threatened by Greta Thunberg," 2 Oct. 2019 Even a recent bout of emotionalism on the 2020 presidential campaign trail raised the issue of crying on the political stage. Aj Willingham, CNN, "8 out of 10 people have cried at work, so just know you're not alone," 16 Aug. 2019 Given their tuneful nature and naked emotionalism, Mr. Tyler’s albums have something to offer those who don’t often listen to instrumental music. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘Goes West’ by William Tyler Review: Music History in Modern Melody," 23 Jan. 2019 From this standpoint, conspiracy thinking isn’t a sign of ignorance or emotionalism; to the contrary, perceiving the hidden plots of our true rulers is a necessary and vital step in seeing through the myth of liberal democracy. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Jeremy Corbyn and the Socialism of Fools," 10 Sep. 2018

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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 2 Dec. 2020.

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