Definition of sentimental in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɛntɪˈmɛnt(ə)l/


1Of or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia: she felt a sentimental attachment to the place creep over her
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  • Venezuela was chosen as his final destination for sentimental reasons - it's his mother's birthplace and where he grew up.
  • ‘All I had was a pink rattle that I kept for sentimental reasons,’ she said.
  • I still have a deep sentimental attachment to the union.
nostalgic, tender, emotional, dewy-eyed, misty-eyed, affectionate, loving
soft-hearted, tender-hearted, soft, soft-centred
informal soppy
1.1Having or arousing feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia, typically in an exaggerated and self-indulgent way: a sentimental ballad I’m a sentimental old fool
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  • I'm usually not very sentimental about old things that I don't use anymore.
  • The film isn't sentimental about death, the propagation of species, or other biological occurrences.
  • There is nothing crass or sentimental about these tales.
mawkish, over-sentimental, overemotional, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, sugar-coated, syrupy;
romantic, hearts-and-flowers, touching, pathetic;
British  twee
informal slushy, sloppy, mushy, weepy, tear-jerking, schmaltzy, cutesy, lovey-dovey, gooey, drippy, sloshy, soupy, treacly, cheesy, corny, icky, sick-making, toe-curling
British informal soppy
North American informal cornball, sappy, hokey, three-hanky
trademark Mills-and-Boon



Pronunciation: /sɛntɪˈmɛntəli/
Example sentences
  • She suggested that she and her sister would go over and clear out the apartment as I was to sentimentally attached to be doing it.
  • I did not mind leaving that particular house, though I ran through it sentimentally on the last day and blessed each bare scrubbed room for the happy times I'd known there.
  • The film-makers have clung sentimentally to the sweet, silly formula that made the original series an enduring favorite for more than 33 years after its debut.

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