sentimentalism

noun sen·ti·men·tal·ism \ ˌsen-tə-ˈmen-tə-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of sentimentalism

1 :the disposition to favor or indulge in sentimentality
2 :an excessively sentimental conception or statement

sentimentalist

play \ˌsen-tə-ˈmen-tə-list\ noun

Examples of sentimentalism in a Sentence

  1. the sentimentalism of 19th-century art

  2. the novel's sentimentalism bored me

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First Known Use of sentimentalism

1817


SENTIMENTALISM Defined for English Language Learners

sentimentalism

noun

Definition of sentimentalism for English Language Learners

  • : a tendency to have or express feelings of love, sadness, etc., especially in a way that seems foolish or excessive : a sentimental quality



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