Definition of sentimentalize in English:

sentimentalize

Syllabification: sen·ti·men·tal·ize
Pronunciation: /ˌsen(t)əˈmen(t)lˌīz
 
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verb

[with object]
  • Treat, regard, or portray (someone or something) with exaggerated and self-indulgent feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia: (as adjective sentimentalized) the impossibly sentimentalized and saintly ideal of the Virgin Mother
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    • We censor it, sentimentalise it, treat it as a commodity.
    • The story of a nun who befriends a man on death row never sentimentalises the issues, but is an unforgettable study of capital punishment's cynicism.
    • To her credit, Leslie treats them seriously, without sentimentalizing the characters or their experiences.

Derivatives

sentimentalization

Pronunciation: /-ˌmen(t)liˈzāSHən/
noun
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  • Legal notions of spousal unity and the sentimentalization of a woman's role as ‘the angel in the house’ have often served to undercut married women's agency and autonomy.
  • It's part of the well-documented process of the sentimentalisation of society, in which emotions are more important than facts and the most powerful condition is that of victimhood.
  • Now, it seems, this babyish sentimentalisation of nature is regarded as a social attribute.

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