Definition of sentimentalism in English:

Share this entry

sentimentalism

Pronunciation: /sɛntɪˈmɛntəlɪz(ə)m/

noun

[mass noun]
Excessively sentimental behaviour, writing, or speech: the author blends realism with surrealism, journalism with sentimentalism
More example sentences
  • Marx detested romanticism, emotionalism, sentimentalism and humanitarianism of any kind.
  • Literary sentimentalism and the adventure tale after Defoe, with its mixed narrative mode of thrilling episode and pious reflection, also influenced the rhetoric of the slave narrative.
  • Similarly, while those watching in 1940 saw a radical indictment, many modern critics have written Ford's film off as hollow, conservative sentimentalism.

Derivatives

sentimentalist

Pronunciation: /sɛntɪˈmɛntəlɪst/
noun
Example sentences
  • Remember, this is the man that described himself as a sentimentalist, not a romantic.
  • Because they pretend, I think, to be macho guys, but you see what sentimentalists they really are.
  • But it would be quite wrong to conclude from her subject matter that she was a soft-centered, weak sentimentalist.
Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.