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[ih-moh-shuh-nl-iz-uh m] /ɪˈmoʊ ʃə nlˈɪz əm/
excessively emotional character:
the emotionalism of sentimental fiction.
strong or excessive appeal to the emotions:
the emotionalism of patriotic propaganda.
a tendency to display or respond with undue emotion, especially morbid emotion.
unwarranted expression or display of emotion.
Origin of emotionalism
First recorded in 1860-65; emotional + -ism
Related forms
nonemotionalism, noun
sentimentality, mawkishness. Unabridged
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  • Nowhere do we find such a combination of emotionalism with sanity.

  • Nor did the delicate female monopolize all the delicacy and emotionalism.

    The Secret Life

    Elizabeth Bisland
  • The Italians of the north have none of the emotionalism of the Neapolitans.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • That sort of courage is seldom moral; it is, at bottom, emotionalism.

    The Locusts' Years Mary Helen Fee
  • And yet all the emotionalism of this climax was centered elsewhere.

    The Zeppelin's Passenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • It had never before affected her beyond a flash of emotionalism.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • They have an eighteenth-century restraint, and freedom from emotionalism and gush.

    The Art of Letters

    Robert Lynd
  • And I think you're singularly free of the emotionalism that so often plays hob with them all.

    Jason Justus Miles Forman
  • In the common daily life of the Japanese their emotionalism expresses itself in almost infinitely diverse ways.

British Dictionary definitions for emotionalism


emotional nature, character, or quality
a tendency to yield readily to the emotions
an appeal to the emotions, esp an excessive appeal, as to an audience
a doctrine stressing the value of deeply felt responses in ethics and the arts
Derived Forms
emotionalist, noun
emotionalistic, adjective
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