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

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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
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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.
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The quality or condition of being affectedly or overly emotional:
Slang: sappiness.
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[ˌsentɪmenˈtælɪtɪ] Nsentimentalismo m, sensiblería f
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[ˌsɛntɪmɛnˈtæləti] nsentimentalité f
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[ˌsɛntɪmɛnˈtælɪtɪ] n (pej) → sentimentalismo
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(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
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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. He lied and never knew that he lied, and when it was pointed out to him said that lies were beautiful.
"Is it just sentimentality, old wives' tales, or is she right?" he asked himself.
And to avoid condemning the father with whom he lived and on whom he was dependent, and, above all, to avoid giving way to sentimentality, which he considered so degrading, Seryozha tried not to look at his uncle who had come to disturb his peace of mind, and not to think of what he recalled to him.
He had a characteristic sentimentality about the day and wanted to pass it among his friends with suitable ceremonies.
His sentimentality is also dear to the heart of youth, and the boy who is dazzled by his satire is melted by his easy pathos.
Hot blood, generous impulses, sentimentality, were qualities he did not want for his business; and the Cedarwild Animal School was business from the first tick of the clock to the last bite of the lash.
His melancholy was perhaps the greater because of the manly courage and contempt for sentimentality which prevented him from complaining or discussing his distresses.
If you don't want to marry me, don't; but the position you take up about love, and not seeing each other--isn't that mere sentimentality? You think I've behaved very badly," he continued, as she did not speak.
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.
There was no stile or gap at hand by which I could escape into the fields, so I walked quietly on, saying to myself, 'It may not be he after all; and if it is, and if he do annoy me, it shall be for the last time, I am determined, if there be power in words and looks against cool impudence and mawkish sentimentality so inexhaustible as his.'
And Rebecca, as we have said, wisely determined not to give way to unavailing sentimentality on her husband's departure.