emo·tion·al·ism | \i-ˈmō-shnə-ˌli-zəm, -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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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 Harry, the wild young prince, has already proved the new British emotionalism by opening up publicly. Mary Mcnamara, latimes.com, "When Harry Met Meghan: The royal wedding is the perfect Hollywood ending for a very Hollywood story," 11 May 2018 The touchstone from an era or two earlier was Jacqueline du Pré, whose high-impact emotionalism affixed a certain kind of singing sound in the ear of many a listener. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Clemens Hagen and Kirill Gerstein take on Beethoven at Kimmel," 22 Mar. 2018 Her Liusaidh is driven by an elemental emotionalism, propelled between present and past in the film's shifting timelines like a woman on fire. Jen Yamato, latimes.com, "Karen Gillan is red-hot thanks to 'Jumanji' and 'Avengers,' but her true passion? Directing," 20 Apr. 2018 The emotionalism became more (or less) three-dimensional according to who was singing. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: Lafayette’s Double Bill of Baroque Opera and Dance Drama," 4 Feb. 2018 The play explores uncomfortable issues — colorism, poverty — and seethes with teenage emotionalism. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "For This Playwright, Africa With Laughter, Not Tears," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of emotionalism

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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