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.
- non·e·mo·tion·al·ism, noun
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How to use emotionalism in a sentence
Like the Furies, the Cheneys stand for unreason and emotionalism.
It is apt to confuse vague emotionalism and even hysteria with communion with God.Chapters on Jewish Literature | Israel Abrahams
The very period which produced the rationalism of Maimonides gave birth to the emotionalism of the Kabbala.Chapters on Jewish Literature | Israel Abrahams
Let there be none of this horrible emotionalism, this undignified welter of thought and feeling.The Wind Bloweth | Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
Normal control, conventional standards, old careful habits of conduct, were broken through at a time of excessive emotionalism.Women's Wild Oats | C. Gasquoine Hartley
That sort of courage is seldom moral; it is, at bottom, emotionalism.The Locusts' Years | Mary Helen Fee
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
- emotionalist, noun
- emotionalistic, adjective
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