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Definition of sentimental

1a : marked or governed by feeling, sensibility, or emotional idealism
b : resulting from feeling rather than reason or thought a sentimental attachment a sentimental favorite
2 : having an excess of sentiment or sensibility

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Other Words from sentimental

sentimentally adverb

Examples of sentimental in a Sentence

He has a sentimental attachment to his old high school. She saved her wedding gown for sentimental reasons. He has sentimental ideas about the past. I tend to get very sentimental when I think about my childhood.
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Recent Examples on the Web What might have been predictable or sentimental in other hands becomes startling in the film’s approach, as well as beguiling, unsparing, terribly moving and occasionally very funny. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Father’ Review: Who Are You? Who Am I?," 25 Feb. 2021 Of Konchalovsky’s two lessons, Sin is the better film, profoundly observing an artist’s spiritual agony, while the sentimental Dear Comrades suits current lockdown anxiety all too well. Armond White, National Review, "Two New Russian Film Imports Challenge Narratives of the Biden-Harris Era," 24 Feb. 2021 Perhaps the most sentimental snub is Conley, who is still searching for his first selection. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "All-Star snubs, expanding All-Star rosters, ‘Larry Bird reincarnated,’ Blazers on wrong end of record, Kristaps Porzingis’ Dallas future: NBA news and notes," 24 Feb. 2021 But then, a few minutes into the video, Ms. Kim pivots unexpectedly, growing sentimental about being a mother and about womanhood. New York Times, "Lessons From a Homebody," 15 Feb. 2021 Ratajkowski first announced her pregnancy in October of last year with a sentimental video diary dedicated to her unborn child, directed by her friend and Girls creator Lena Dunham. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Bares All in a Set of Stunning Maternity Photos," 9 Feb. 2021 Tesfaye is often compared to Michael Jackson, but where Jackson was sentimental Tesfaye is resolutely cynical and self-loathing; his aesthetic is lewd, dark, drug-obsessed, and obscure. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Super Bowl Music: The Weeknd’s Self-Loathing, Springsteen’s Jeep, and Dolly Parton’s Gig Economy," 8 Feb. 2021 Several coaches said those relationships run strong in the MIAC, adding to the sentimental feeling. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, "St. Thomas athletes and coaches begin their fond farewell to the MIAC," 6 Feb. 2021 But for some reason, on this day, West became sentimental. Broderick Turner Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Jerry West reflects on Kobe Bryant: From wunderkind to icon," 25 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of sentimental

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Sentimental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sentimental

: based on, showing, or resulting from feelings or emotions rather than reason or thought
: appealing to the emotions especially in an excessive way
: having or expressing strong feelings of love, sadness, etc., in a way that may seem foolish or excessive


sen·​ti·​men·​tal | \ ˌsen-tə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce sentimental (audio) \

Kids Definition of sentimental

1 : influenced strongly by feelings of affection or yearning She kept her old doll for sentimental reasons.
2 : primarily affecting the emotions a sentimental story

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