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[sen-tuh-men-tal-i-tee] /ˌsɛn tə mɛnˈtæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural sentimentalities.
the quality or state of being sentimental or excessively sentimental.
an instance of being sentimental.
a sentimental act, gesture, expression, etc.
Origin of sentimentality
First recorded in 1760-70; sentimental + -ity
Related forms
oversentimentality, noun
Can be confused
sentiment, sentimentality (see synonym study at sentiment) Unabridged
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  • In the theatres men took their realism sugared by a sentimentality that sent them home contented.

    Tragedy Ashley H. Thorndike
  • This scene of sentimentality was not at all what she had come for.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • What conceivable cunning could do such execution as her stupendous appeal to masculine vanity, sentimentality, egoism?

    Damn! Henry Louis Mencken
  • The beast affected a sentimentality to which he must be a stranger.

  • All this sentimentality, caused only by unsatisfied desires.

    On the Seaboard August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for sentimentality


noun (pl) -ties
the state, quality, or an instance of being sentimental
an act, statement, etc, that is sentimental
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sentimentality

1768, from sentimental + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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