Definition of sentimentalize in English:

sentimentalize

Line breaks: sen¦ti|men¦tal|ize
Pronunciation: /sɛntɪˈmɛntəlʌɪz
 
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(also sentimentalise)

verb

[with object]
Treat, regard, or portray in a sentimental way: (as adjective sentimentalized) the impossibly sentimentalized and saintly ideal of the Virgin Mother
More example sentences
  • 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: /sɛntɪˈmɛnt(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
More example sentences
  • 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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