The tendency to sentimentalize nature has, in our time, largely taken the place of the old tendency to demonize and spiritize it.
With a mind at ease, I now set myself to sentimentalize with Mdlle.
He was not one, this young man who was out for a bit of a lark, to sentimentalize about antiquity or the charm of the unspoiled.
I am not going to sentimentalize over my copy, for how much of it have I read?
Yet employers tell labor managers they must not sentimentalize.
Miss Watts never tried to sentimentalize their relationship.
Oh, he was taken in by it, no doubt; it was something to sentimentalize over and be self-sacrificing about.
Why don't you sentimentalize his helpless, overworked horse?
And I don't want you to sentimentalize any of the things you see in New York.
Nature for Susan, in short, was all mood, ranging from cold horror to supernal beauty; she did not sentimentalize the gradations.
Think on these things, and let S______ go to Lincoln sessions by himself, and talk classically with country justices. In the meantime we will philosophize and sentimentalize;--the last word is a bright invention of the moment in which it was written, for yours or Dr. Johnson's service .... [Laurence Sterne, letter to William Combe, Esq., dated Aug. 5, 1764, published 1787]