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[sen-tuh-men-tl] /ˌsɛn təˈmɛn tl/
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
First recorded in 1740-50; sentiment + -al1
Related forms
sentimentally, adverb
antisentimental, adjective
antisentimentally, adverb
hypersentimental, adjective
hypersentimentally, adverb
intersentimental, adjective
oversentimental, adjective
oversentimentally, adverb
quasi-sentimental, adjective
quasi-sentimentally, adverb
semisentimental, adjective
semisentimentally, adverb
supersentimental, adjective
supersentimentally, adverb
unsentimental, adjective
unsentimentally, adverb
1. romantic, tender, nostalgic; maudlin, bathetic.
1, 4. dispassionate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for sentimentally
Historical Examples
  • “‘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 Edna Ferber
  • "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 John Bartlett
  • “Madeleine must be perfectly happy,” sighed Eleanor sentimentally.

    Madge Morton's Victory Amy D.V. Chalmers
  • “I love this dear little bower,” sighed Lilias sentimentally.

    A Houseful of Girls Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • "Charm of the landscape," put in Miss Jemina, sentimentally.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Materially and sentimentally, they were the right steps to take.

  • Claude Merridew, leaderette-writer, reviewer, &c. (sentimentally).

British Dictionary definitions for sentimentally


tending to indulge the emotions excessively
making a direct appeal to the emotions, esp to romantic feelings
relating to or characterized by sentiment
Derived Forms
sentimentally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sentimentally



1749, "pertaining to or characterized by sentiment," from sentiment + -al (1). At first without pejorative connotations; meaning "having too much sentiment, apt to be swayed by prejudice" had emerged by 1793 (implied in sentimentalist). Related: Sentimentally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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