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

First recorded in 1860–65; emotional + -ism
Related formsnon·e·mo·tion·al·ism, noun


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  1. emotional nature, character, or quality
  2. a tendency to yield readily to the emotions
  3. an appeal to the emotions, esp an excessive appeal, as to an audience
  4. a doctrine stressing the value of deeply felt responses in ethics and the arts
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Derived Formsemotionalist, nounemotionalistic, adjective
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