sentimentality

[ sen-tuh-men-tal-i-tee ]
/ ˌsɛn tə mɛnˈtæl ɪ ti /
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noun, plural sen·ti·men·tal·i·ties.

the quality or state of being sentimental or excessively sentimental.
an instance of being sentimental.
a sentimental act, gesture, expression, etc.

Nearby words

  1. sentiment,
  2. sentimental,
  3. sentimental value,
  4. sentimentalism,
  5. sentimentalist,
  6. sentimentalize,
  7. sentimentally,
  8. sentinel,
  9. sentinel animal,
  10. sentinel gland

Origin of sentimentality

First recorded in 1760–70; sentimental + -ity

SYNONYMS FOR sentimentality
Related formso·ver·sen·ti·men·tal·i·ty, noun

Can be confusedsentiment sentimentality (see synonym study at sentiment)

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British Dictionary definitions for over-sentimentality

sentimentality

/ (ˌsɛntɪmɛnˈtælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state, quality, or an instance of being sentimental
an act, statement, etc, that is sentimental
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Word Origin and History for over-sentimentality

sentimentality

n.

1768, from sentimental + -ity.

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