- expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia: a sentimental song.
- pertaining to or dependent on sentiment: We kept the old photograph for purely sentimental reasons.
- weakly emotional; mawkishly susceptible or tender: the sentimental Victorians.
- characterized by or showing sentiment or refined feeling.
Origin of sentimental
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1. romantic, tender, nostalgic; maudlin, bathetic.
1, 4. dispassionate.
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Examples from the Web for sentimentally
“‘Say au revoir, but not good-by,’” sang Miss Sherborne sentimentally.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
The youth of her was in that intangible thing called, sentimentally, the spirit.Gigolo
"Made more lovely because of you," replied Waldstricker, sentimentally.The Secret of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
And sentimentally, not imaginatively, the Englishman will die.Appearances
Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
Sentimentally I am disposed to harmony; but organically I am incapable of a tune.Familiar Quotations
- tending to indulge the emotions excessively
- making a direct appeal to the emotions, esp to romantic feelings
- relating to or characterized by sentiment
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Word Origin and History for sentimentally
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