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sentimental

[sen-tuh-men-tl]
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adjective
  1. expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia: a sentimental song.
  2. pertaining to or dependent on sentiment: We kept the old photograph for purely sentimental reasons.
  3. weakly emotional; mawkishly susceptible or tender: the sentimental Victorians.
  4. characterized by or showing sentiment or refined feeling.

Origin of sentimental

First recorded in 1740–50; sentiment + -al1
Related formssen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverban·ti·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectivean·ti·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbhy·per·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectivehy·per·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbin·ter·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectiveo·ver·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectiveo·ver·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbqua·si-sen·ti·men·tal, adjectivequa·si-sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbsem·i·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectivesem·i·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbsu·per·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectivesu·per·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbun·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectiveun·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. romantic, tender, nostalgic; maudlin, bathetic.

Antonyms

1, 4. dispassionate.
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Examples from the Web for unsentimental

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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

    Jean Webster

  • Both have the common-sense view of life; both are unsentimental.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for unsentimental

unsentimental

adjective
  1. not tending to indulge the emotions excessivelya frank and unsentimental account

sentimental

adjective
  1. tending to indulge the emotions excessively
  2. making a direct appeal to the emotions, esp to romantic feelings
  3. relating to or characterized by sentiment
Derived Formssentimentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unsentimental

adj.

1752, from un- (1) "not" + sentimental. Related: Unsentimentally.

sentimental

adj.

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.

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