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
Related formsnon·e·mo·tion·al·ism, noun

Synonyms for emotionalism

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Examples from the Web for emotionalism

Contemporary Examples of emotionalism

  • Like the Furies, the Cheneys stand for unreason and emotionalism.

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    Cheney Blood Lust

    Lee Siegel

    October 22, 2009

Historical Examples of emotionalism

British Dictionary definitions for emotionalism



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 Formsemotionalist, nounemotionalistic, adjective
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