emo·​tion·​al·​ism i-ˈmō-shnə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce emotionalism (audio)
: a tendency to regard things emotionally
: undue indulgence in or display of emotion

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There’s this myth in wide circulation: rational, emotionless Vulcans in white coats, plumbing the secrets of the universe, their Scientific Methods unsullied by bias or emotionalism. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2014 Darren Aronofsky’s adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s play is a murky-looking, claustrophobic exercise in emotionalism at its most trite and ostentatiously maudlin. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2022 My advice to those relatively few Twitter users who produce all its high-quality content: Put aside emotionalism. WSJ, 8 Nov. 2022 Infused with Waititi’s brand of humor, the show is balanced with deep emotionalism. Scott Huver, Variety, 14 June 2022 There’s a kind of opening for women there, with that emotionalism. Karin Wulf, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Mar. 2022 No plan ever works perfectly, but setting such standards is the only way that policy makers can resist emotionalism on one side and wishful thinking on the other. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 No amount of emphatic emotionalism, heroic grandstanding, or Instagrammable, earthbound beauty can distract from this fact. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 26 Oct. 2021 Sometimes his fluttery trills, when combined with lyrics extolling his own sensitivity and emotionalism, are just too much. Mark Richardson, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of emotionalism was in 1865

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“Emotionalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emotionalism. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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