emo·​tion·​al·​ism i-ˈmō-sh(ə-)nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce emotionalism (audio)
: a tendency to regard things emotionally
: undue indulgence in or display of emotion

Examples of emotionalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Psychologists such as Meaghan Rice see toxic femininity as the inverse of toxic masculinity – a constellation of characteristics like meekness, emotionalism, passivity and self-sacrifice. Karrin Vasby Anderson, Fortune, 8 Aug. 2023 Woo’s films, and this one is no exception, are also characterized by an over-the-top emotionalism that amplifies all feelings to mythological status. Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2023 Lila’s musical style is eclectic, blending the mercurial emotionalism of Morissette’s music with Melissa Etheridge’s classic rock authority. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2023 But collectors and benefactors including Bill Arnett and Jane Fonda recognized his openhearted emotionalism and his facility with painting, drawing, sculpture, mobiles and installations. John Lingan, Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2023 Uchis’ 360-degree view of love and versatile voice make Red Moon in Venus a wholly satisfying examination of emotionalism in its many forms — romantic, carnal, self-preserving. Maura Johnston, Rolling Stone, 3 Mar. 2023 Others find Segel’s emotionalism hard to take, as well as the hang-out vibe (don’t these people work?), among other things. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Mar. 2023 There’s this myth in wide circulation: rational, emotionless Vulcans in white coats, plumbing the secrets of the universe, their Scientific Methods unsullied by bias or emotionalism. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2014 Darren Aronofsky’s adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s play is a murky-looking, claustrophobic exercise in emotionalism at its most trite and ostentatiously maudlin. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of emotionalism was in 1865

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“Emotionalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emotionalism. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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