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n. pl. sen·ti·men·tal·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being sentimental, especially excessively or extravagantly so.
2. A sentimental idea or an expression of it.


n, pl -ties
1. the state, quality, or an instance of being sentimental
2. an act, statement, etc, that is sentimental


(ˌsɛn tə mɛnˈtæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or state of being sentimental or excessively sentimental.
2. a sentimental act, gesture, or expression.



bleeding heart A person of excessive and emotive compassion; one of undue sentimentality, whose heart strings quiver at the slightest provocation. This figurative phrase is of relatively recent origin:

You want to think straight, Victor. You want to control this bleeding-heart trouble of yours. (J. Bingham, Murder Plan Six, 1958)

hearts and flowers An expression or display of cloying sentimentality intended to elicit sympathy; sob stuff, excessive sentimentalism or mushiness; maudlinism. This American slang phrase was originally the title of a mawkishly sad, popular song of 1910.

I believed all the hearts and flowers you gave me about being in love with your husband … (J. Evans, Halo, 1949)

one for the Gipper See EXHORTATION.

sob story A very gloomy story; a sad tale designed to elicit the compassion and sympathy of the listener; a tear-jerker. This common, self-explanatory expression often applies to an alibi or excuse. It also frequently describes the narrative recounting of the trials, frustrations, and disappointments of one’s life.

How anyone could heed such a sob story is beyond me. (Los Angeles Times, June, 1949)

tear-jerker A book, play, or motion picture designed to induce gloominess or weeping, a sob story; a speaker or performer who is able to obtain the audience’s compassion and sympathy. This common expression describes a work which dwells excessively on inconsolable grief, grave disappointment, tragic frustration, or excessive sentimentality.

William A. Brady in 1901 decided that New York’s sophisticates would like to see the old tear-jerker [the play Uncle Tom’s Cabin] with an all-star cast. (H. R. Hoyt, Town Hall Tonight, 1955)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sentimentality - falsely emotional in a maudlin way
emotionalism, emotionality - emotional nature or quality
corn - something sentimental or trite; "that movie was pure corn"
schmaltz, schmalz, shmaltz - (Yiddish) excessive sentimentality in art or music
sentimentalism - a predilection for sentimentality
2.sentimentality - extravagant or affected feeling or emotion
sentiment - tender, romantic, or nostalgic feeling or emotion
mawkishness, bathos - insincere pathos


noun romanticism, nostalgia, tenderness, gush (informal), pathos, slush (informal), mush (informal), schmaltz (slang), sloppiness (informal), emotionalism, bathos, mawkishness, corniness (slang), play on the emotions, sob stuff (informal) In this book there is no sentimentality.


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


[ˌsentɪmenˈtælɪtɪ] Nsentimentalismo m, sensiblería f


[ˌsɛntɪmɛnˈtæləti] nsentimentalité f



[ˌsɛntɪmɛnˈtælɪtɪ] n (pej) → sentimentalismo


(ˈsentimənt) noun
tender feeling or emotion. a song full of patriotic sentiment.
ˌsentiˈmental (-ˈmen-) adjective
1. (sometimes with about) having, showing or causing much tender feeling. a sentimental person; a sentimental film about a little boy and a donkey.
2. of the emotions or feelings. The ring has sentimental value, as my husband gave it to me.
ˌsentiˈmentally adverb
ˌsentimenˈtality (-ˈtӕ-) noun
References in classic literature ?
The pale roses Amy gave him were the sort that the Italians lay in dead hands, never in bridal wreaths, and for a moment he wondered if the omen was for Jo or for himself, but the next instant his American common sense got the better of sentimentality, and he laughed a heartier laugh than Amy had heard since he came.
That is mere sentimentality that lies abed by day and thinks itself white, far from the tan and callus of experience.
But the idea of Gertrude wanting to make out that she isn't considered is nothing but sentimentality, and vanity, and nonsense.
I should be glad to know what connection there can possibly be between your sickly sentimentality and the affairs of the state
The caretaker was so struck with their innocent appearance, and with the elegance of Tess's gown hanging across a chair, her silk stockings beside it, the pretty parasol, and the other habits in which she had arrived because she had none else, that her first indignation at the effrontery of tramps and vagabonds gave way to a momentary sentimentality over this genteel elopement, as it seemed.
Such is the history--not as it is usually told, but as it is when stripped of the nauseous sentimentality that would enshrine for our loving worship a dastardly seducer like Pierre Abelard.
He had a characteristic sentimentality about the day and wanted to pass it among his friends with suitable ceremonies.
His mind, vulgar in its effort at refinement, saw everything a little larger than life size, with the outlines blurred, in a golden mist of sentimentality.
General Epanchin took up his part and spoke in the character of father of a family; he spoke sensibly, and without wasting words over any attempt at sentimentality, he merely recorded his full admission of her right to be the arbiter of Totski's destiny at this moment.
Is it just sentimentality, old wives' tales, or is she right?
The ivy spray was still twisted about the handle; this one sacrifice, she thought, she might make to sentimentality and personality, and she picked two leaves from the ivy and put them in her pocket before she disencumbered her stick of the rest of it.
Accusing him of an affection of cynicism which was just as bad as sentimentality itself, she left her position by his side and knelt upon the window sill, twisting the curtain tassels between her fingers.