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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.
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sentimentalism

[ˌsentɪˈmentəlɪzəm] Nsentimentalismo m

sentimentalism

References in classic literature ?
You must be happy, you sentimentalists, really and truly happy at dreaming and finding things good, and, because you find some of them good, feeling good yourself.
Prominent, on the other hand, among the sentimentalists is Laurence Sterne, who, inappropriately enough, was a clergyman, the author of 'Tristram Shandy.
On all ordinary occasions Magdalen's appetite would have terrified those feeble sentimentalists who affect to ignore the all-important influence which female feeding exerts in the production of female beauty.
And when Socialism has solved the problem of poverty, and Science solved the problem of disease, the area of the sentimentalists will be lessened, and the sympathy of man will be large, healthy, and spontaneous.
It is what sentimentalists, who deal in very big words, call a yearning after the Ideal, and simply means that women are commonly not satisfied until they have husbands and children on whom they may centre affections, which are spent elsewhere, as it were, in small change.
For unless you own the whale, you are but a provincial and sentimentalist in Truth.
That is to confound you, you blathering old sentimentalist," he cried, shaking with laughter.
So you think," he remarked, "that I may yet have in me the making of a sentimentalist.
You are a sentimentalist, Prince," she declared, smiling.
Moreover, I was an irreclaimable sentimentalist, and found a subtle charm in an impersonal and spiritual relation which acquaintance might vulgarize and marriage would certainly dispel.
That they were men of the finest type only the sentimentalist can declare.
But, in truth, he shared the view of his wife's friend and patron that Michaelis was a humanitarian sentimentalist, a little mad, but upon the whole incapable of hurting a fly intentionally.