sentimentalize

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

Definition of sentimentalize

intransitive verb

: to indulge in sentiment

transitive verb

: to look upon or imbue with sentiment

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Other Words from sentimentalize

sentimentalization \ ˌsen-​tə-​ˌmen-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce sentimentalize (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 This extinction engine does not sentimentalize or aestheticize the materials of the world. Anne Boyer, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 Unlike many Holocaust films that sentimentalize individual heroism, Caught by Night doesn’t seek to inspire so much as to bear witness. Jeremy Lybarger, The New York Review of Books, 20 Apr. 2020 Nothing if not a rigorous dialectician, Bong refuses to sentimentalize the Kims’ togetherness or their poverty. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2019 Nothing if not a rigorous dialectician, Bong refuses to sentimentalize the Kims’ togetherness or their poverty. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2019 Tattoo of Revenge > Little Women Julián Hernandez’s film noir turns male–female empathy into a constantly inventive spectacle while Greta Gerwig’s literary adaptation sentimentalizes bourgeois privilege as a woman’s right. Armond White, National Review, 3 Jan. 2020 Nothing if not a rigorous dialectician, Bong refuses to sentimentalize the Kims’ togetherness or their poverty. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2019 Nothing if not a rigorous dialectician, Bong refuses to sentimentalize the Kims’ togetherness or their poverty. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2019 Eric sentimentalizes family, and badly wants one of his own. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sentimentalize

1788, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of sentimentalize was in 1788

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“Sentimentalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sentimentalize. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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sentimentalize

verb

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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