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

intransitive verb

: to indulge in sentiment

transitive verb

: to look upon or imbue with sentiment
sentimentalization noun

Examples of sentimentalize in a Sentence

The movie sentimentalizes the past. He does not sentimentalize in his biography.
Recent Examples on the Web On not a few occasions, Mr. Armani has been aimless, drifty or has fallen into the trap of sentimentalizing his own back pages. Guy Trebay, New York Times, 21 June 2023 History is sentimentalized, making the sketchy story lines seem even more contrived. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2023 Waititi sees sentimentalizing a culture as limiting it. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 May 2023 Is trading in the currency of the past a way to distance himself from a lonesome present? Raffish and boyish at the same time — or switching between either mode as a cover for the other — O’Connor’s deft, droll performance implies such possibilities without sentimentalizing them. Guy Lodge, Variety, 26 May 2023 Trendy, vapid Chazelle sentimentalized a token Mexican immigrant in Babylon, but Jordan and waggish co-screenwriter William Monahan, who scripted Scorsese’s The Departed, plays with ethnicity (those Irish mugs, Lange’s perfect brogue, and Cumming’s perfect Southern twang). Armond White, National Review, 17 Feb. 2023 For a while, that omission feels like the right decision, born of a principled refusal to sentimentalize a killer or ascribe his actions to a tidy, convenient set of motives. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2022 The paltry point of this is to sentimentalize the blue transformation/degradation of the West. Armond White, National Review, 21 Dec. 2022 The play that has been so keen-eyed about sentimentalizing the industry starts to sentimentalize a little towards the end. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 10 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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