sen·​ti·​men·​tal·​ize | \ ˌsen-tə-ˈmen-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce sentimentalize (audio) \
sentimentalized; sentimentalizing

Definition of sentimentalize

transitive verb

: to look upon or imbue with sentiment

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sentimentalization \ ˌsen-​tə-​ˌmen-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce sentimentalization (audio) \ noun

Examples of sentimentalize in a Sentence

The movie sentimentalizes the past. He does not sentimentalize in his biography.
Recent Examples on the Web Nothing if not a rigorous dialectician, Bong refuses to sentimentalize the Kims’ togetherness or their poverty. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Get attached to ‘Parasite’," 11 Oct. 2019 Nothing if not a rigorous dialectician, Bong refuses to sentimentalize the Kims’ togetherness or their poverty. New York Times, "‘Parasite’ Review: The Lower Depths Rise With a Vengeance," 10 Oct. 2019 War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Will Smith scores twice in action thriller, lesson-laden ‘Gemini Man’," 9 Oct. 2019 The Obama-Biden origin story has been often told, and often sentimentalized. New York Times, "Obama and Biden’s Relationship Looks Rosy. It Wasn’t Always That Simple.," 16 Aug. 2019 But Owen does exactly nothing to sentimentalize his character; his performance is uncompromised. Matthew Gilbert,, "The greatest overlooked TV performances of the last 20 years," 30 Aug. 2019 No one enjoys a cynical, sloppy, sentimentalized dramatization of an incendiary social issue. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The Red Line’ Review: Do Not Cross," 25 Apr. 2019 Fontane neither condemns nor sentimentalizes, but tells his tale with clarity and humor—making this picture of Berlin society all the more devastating. Claire Tomalin, WSJ, "Five Best: Claire Tomalin on the Best Books About Family Trouble," 22 Nov. 2018 But without sentimentalizing in the least, Irons’ James allows us to sympathize with a husband and father who’s helpless to undo the damage everyone blames him for. Charles Mcnulty,, "Lesley Manville and Jeremy Irons fill 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' with sorrow and savagery," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of sentimentalize

1788, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of sentimentalize was in 1788

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English Language Learners Definition of sentimentalize

: to describe or show (something) in an emotional way that makes it seem more attractive or interesting than it really is : to describe or show (something) in a sentimental way

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something of little or no value

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