[ ih-moh-shuh-nl-iz-uhm ]
/ ɪˈmoʊ ʃə nlˈɪz əm /


excessively emotional character: the emotionalism of sentimental fiction.
strong or excessive appeal to the emotions: the emotionalism of patriotic propaganda.
a tendency to display or respond with undue emotion, especially morbid emotion.
unwarranted expression or display of emotion.

Origin of emotionalism

First recorded in 1860–65; emotional + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM emotionalism

non·e·mo·tion·al·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for emotionalism

/ (ɪˈməʊʃənəˌlɪzəm) /


emotional nature, character, or quality
a tendency to yield readily to the emotions
an appeal to the emotions, esp an excessive appeal, as to an audience
a doctrine stressing the value of deeply felt responses in ethics and the arts

Derived forms of emotionalism

emotionalist, nounemotionalistic, adjective
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