- 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 unsentimental
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It offers keen insights into Hitch's craft while painting an intimate and unsentimental picture of the man behind the camera.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
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Add his evocative, unsentimental new memoir, Elsewhere, to the list.Richard Russo Talks About New Memoir “Elsewhere” And His Mother’s Illness
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The unsentimental path is to focus on Asia, which is safer politically and historically, the bigger prize.Obama Won’t Pressure Israel If He Wins Second Term
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It was exactly that—that brusque, unsentimental appeal—that Michael needed.Michael
E. F. Benson
The doctor, who is ordinarily so scientific and unsentimental, has fallen in love with Allegra.Dear Enemy
Both have the common-sense view of life; both are unsentimental.Literary Friends And Acquaintances
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But Chets own hearty and unsentimental greeting assured her.Betty Lee, Senior
Harriet Pyne Grove
It is only in practical, unsentimental England that these things are at all possible.Summer Days in Shakespeare Land
Charles G. Harper
- not tending to indulge the emotions excessivelya frank and unsentimental account
- 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 unsentimental
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