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[sen-tuh-men-tl-ahyz] /ˌsɛn təˈmɛn tlˌaɪz/
verb (used without object), sentimentalized, sentimentalizing.
to indulge in sentiment.
verb (used with object), sentimentalized, sentimentalizing.
to view (someone or something) sentimentally:
He sentimentalized the relationship until all real meaning was lost.
Also, especially British, sentimentalise.
Origin of sentimentalize
First recorded in 1790-1800; sentimental + -ize
Related forms
sentimentalization, noun
sentimentalizer, noun
oversentimentalize, verb, oversentimentalized, oversentimentalizing.
semisentimentalized, adjective
unsentimentalized, adjective Unabridged
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to make sentimental or behave sentimentally
Derived Forms
sentimentalization, sentimentalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for sentimentalize

1764, intransitive, "indulge in sentiments," from sentimental + -ize. Meaning "to make sentimental" (transitive) is from 1813. Related: Sentimentalized; sentimentalizing.

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]

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