[ sen-tuh-men-tl ]
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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.

  1. weakly emotional; mawkishly susceptible or tender: the sentimental Victorians.

  2. characterized by or showing sentiment or refined feeling.

Origin of sentimental

First recorded in 1740–50; sentiment + -al1

Other words for sentimental

Opposites for sentimental

Other words from sentimental

  • sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb
  • an·ti·sen·ti·men·tal, adjective
  • an·ti·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb
  • hy·per·sen·ti·men·tal, adjective
  • hy·per·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·sen·ti·men·tal, adjective
  • o·ver·sen·ti·men·tal, adjective
  • o·ver·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-sen·ti·men·tal, adjective
  • qua·si-sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb
  • sem·i·sen·ti·men·tal, adjective
  • sem·i·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb
  • su·per·sen·ti·men·tal, adjective
  • su·per·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb
  • un·sen·ti·men·tal, adjective
  • un·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sentimental in a sentence

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

    Masters of French Music | Arthur Hervey
  • 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
  • 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
  • Life was quite gloomy enough as it was, without going out of one's way to cry one's eyes out over sentimental plays.

    The Man Upstairs | P. G. Wodehouse
  • So the best of it is over-sentimental, timid, and does not point to hardy, manly life.

British Dictionary definitions for sentimental


/ (ˌsɛntɪˈmɛntəl) /

  1. tending to indulge the emotions excessively

  2. making a direct appeal to the emotions, esp to romantic feelings

  1. relating to or characterized by sentiment

Derived forms of sentimental

  • sentimentally, adverb

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