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sen•ti•men•tal•i•ty(ˌsɛn tə mɛnˈtæl ɪ ti)
n., pl. -ties.
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)
|Noun||1.||sentimentality - falsely emotional in a maudlin way|
corn - something sentimental or trite; "that movie was pure corn"
sentimentalism - a predilection for sentimentality
|2.||sentimentality - extravagant or affected feeling or emotion|
sentiment - tender, romantic, or nostalgic feeling or emotion