sentimentalism


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sen·ti·men·tal·ism

 (sĕn′tə-mĕn′tl-ĭz′əm)
n.
1. A predilection for the sentimental.
2. An idea or expression marked by excessive sentiment.

sen′ti·men′tal·ist n.

sentimentalism

(ˌsɛntɪˈmɛntəˌlɪzəm)
n
1. the state or quality of being sentimental
2. an act, statement, etc, that is sentimental
ˌsentiˈmentalist n

sen•ti•men•tal•ism

(ˌsɛn təˈmɛn tlˌɪz əm)

n.
sentimental character or display.
[1810–20]
sen`ti•men′tal•ist, n.

sentimentalism

an excessive indulgence in sentiment or emotionalism, predominance of feeling over reason and intellect, as the death scene of Little Nell in Dickens’s Old Curiosity Shop. — sentimentalist, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sentimentalism - the excessive expression of tender feelings, nostalgia, or sadness in any form
glop, treacle, mush, slop - writing or music that is excessively sweet and sentimental
formulation, expression - the style of expressing yourself; "he suggested a better formulation"; "his manner of expression showed how much he cared"
2.sentimentalism - a predilection for sentimentality
sentimentality, drippiness, mawkishness, mushiness, soupiness, sloppiness - falsely emotional in a maudlin way

sentimentalism

noun
The quality or condition of being affectedly or overly emotional:
Slang: sappiness.
Translations

sentimentalism

[ˌsentɪˈmentəlɪzəm] Nsentimentalismo m

sentimentalism

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It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation.
I thought you were free from all vulgar sentimentalism and that you had a more independent mind.
I suppose they were exercis ing and developing their racial sentimentalism by the means of that dummy.
Pipped to the man-of-thematch award, perhaps down to a touch of sentimentalism, by AC Milan-bound Dane Jon Dahl Tomasson, Van Hooijdonk was a constant danger to the German champions.
For all the obvious ties with honor, however, there were also connections, no less obvious, between the main lines of the Beauchamp case and those of sentimentalism, especially in their common motifs of seduction, betrayal, and revenge.
However, the book avoids sentimentalism and "preaching to the choir.
Instead, I want to use James Fenimore Cooper's 1826 novel, The Last of the Mohicans, and Michael Mann's 1992 film, Last of the Mohicans, as an opportunity to think through some contradictory positions on sentimentalism, the gaze, and the politics of race.
Venous Flow was one of those rare performances that managed to be highly emotional while stripped of sentimentalism, profoundly personal while never self-indulgent.
The film, directed by Wolfgang Petersen (``Air Force One''), takes a tack that slams the audience into a wave of sentimentalism and poor storytelling.
I am sure that the highly articulate and hugely influential pro-hunting lobby will dismiss my family's affection for Old Tom as misplaced sentimentalism.
Karen Halttunen's Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-Class Culture in America 1830-1870 (1982) provides the dominant conception of sentimentalism for this section, a choice that proves both fruitful and problematic.
Stephin Merritt, the artiste behind this three-CD epic, is a miniaturist with grand ambitions, an ironist who cannot resist the pleasures of sentimentalism.