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

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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 Our public political culture has given in too much to emotionalism. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "A Magic Pony Is the Wrong Horse to Back," 13 Dec. 2018 His soulful emotionalism paved the way for romantic-soul groups such as Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Stylistics and Blue Magic. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Barry White’s Music of Love," 11 Oct. 2018 The larger-than-life theatricality and emotionalism of Puccini and Verdi don’t exactly lend themselves to clarifying complex, precise ideas. New York Times, "Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin Don’t Talk. They Sing.," 24 June 2018 As Lanier acknowledges, the tendency of digital media to promote emotionalism, diminish thoughtfulness and undermine civil discourse was already in evidence when people first began conversing online in the 1970s, long before the ads showed up. Nicholas Carr, chicagotribune.com, "Is Facebook the problem with Facebook, or is it us?," 10 July 2018 The show’s inescapable power comes from the emotionalism of great music, and in the current production every bit of its depth charge sounds. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of emotionalism

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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