Definition of sentimentality
1 : the quality or state of being sentimental especially to excess or in affectation
2 : a sentimental idea or its expression
Examples of sentimentality in a Sentence
the sentimentality of Romantic poetry
the sentimentality of the story of star-crossed lovers only made it even more popular with moviegoers
Recent Examples of sentimentality from the Web
Drivers won’t go easy on Junior Earnhardt is unquestionably the crowd favorite to win Saturday’s race but don’t expect the other 39 drivers to get caught up in the sentimentality.
The filmmaker thankfully avoids overt sentimentality with his direct, unaffected approach to the material.
Sentimentality aside, the Raiders needed a power back like Lynch.
That a woman poet was writing not out of sentimentality but observation was thrilling too.
But Ms. Masciotti’s brand of sentimentality has a rough honesty that often transforms the formulaic.
The following books depict women outside of sentimentality and place them at the center of difficult journeys or in situations that celebrate the complexity of their identities as women, Latinas and of course, mothers.
This was the reward for those who knew how to think correctly, who understood the logic of History, who did not surrender to senseless sentimentality!
His finest moments came during more quiet, intimate sections, finding the poetry in Brahms, but never crossing over into sentimentality.
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SENTIMENTALITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sentimentality for English Language Learners
: the quality of being sentimental especially in an excessive way
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