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  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.
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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

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Related Words for over-sentimental

sugary, sentimental, gooey, sappy, saccharine, syrupy, honeyed, cheesy, corny, mushy, drippy, cornball, cutesy, over-sentimental, oversweet

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Historical Examples of over-sentimental

  • Over-sentimental and apt to cloy, it is eminently poetical and full of melody.

    Masters of French Music

    Arthur Hervey

  • What books shall we avoid: poorly written, over-sentimental, and with low ideals.

    Woman's Club Work and Programs

    Caroline French Benton

  • So the best of it is over-sentimental, timid, and does not point to hardy, manly life.

  • This poem is a rather successful bit of ridicule cast on the over-sentimental who sought to follow Yoricks foot-prints.

    Laurence Sterne in Germany

    Harvey Waterman Thayer

  • His sudden and unexpected meeting with Helen and their talk together had tended to make him over-sentimental, that was all.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for over-sentimental


  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
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Derived Formssentimentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for over-sentimental



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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