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What does sentimental mean?
Sentimental means expressing, appealing to, or being moved by sensitive or tender emotions, such as love, nostalgia, or pity.
The state or quality of being sentimental is sentimentality. Sentimental, sentimentality, and other related words (like sentimentalism, which can be used as a synonym of sentimentality) are based on the sense of the word sentiment that refers to sensitive or tender emotions, sensitivity to such emotions, or appeal to such emotions.
Such terms are especially used to imply that these emotions are exaggerated or overindulged. Sometimes, they imply that these emotions get in the way of thinking logically or being realistic.
People are sometimes criticized for being overly sentimental, as in Stop being so sentimental and looking at things through rose-colored glasses, instead of seeing what they’re really like.
These kinds of criticisms are especially common in the context of art. For example, a book or film may be criticized as being overly sentimental in dealing with a historical event. This implies that it portrays the event in an idealized, simplistic, or nostalgic way instead of depicting it accurately and dealing with what really happened.
Such works might also be described as melodramatic. When they’re tearfully or weakly emotional, they might be described as maudlin, mawkish, sappy, or weepy. Hallmark holiday movies are known for being sentimental.
Things that are kept due to being associated with fond memories or loved ones are said to have sentimental value.
Example: He’s so sentimental that he keeps all of his childhood toys.
Where does sentimental come from?
The first records of the word sentimental come from the mid-1700s. The word sentiment is first recorded in the 1300s and comes from the Latin verb sentī(re), meaning “to feel.” The suffix -al is used to form adjectives.
Books and movies that are sentimental are intended to make you feel all the feels—to have an emotional impact, especially one that makes you cry. Sometimes, though, this kind of sentimentality comes at the expense of a realistic story or believable characters. This kind of emotional effect is sometimes described as cheaply sentimental.
Still, sentimental isn’t always used negatively. When a person is sentimental, it often means they are sensitive to their own emotions and to those of others. That focus on feelings like tenderness might mean they express love very openly.
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Sentimental is often used to describe people and works of art. It’s often used in a critical way to imply that they are unrealistic, but this is not always the case.
I can’t trust movie reviews that call things overly sentimental like it’s a bad thing. Like sorry this was too sweet!!!!! …..Not a problem w me, that is my brand
— kathryn b (@kathwynbaldrin) November 12, 2020
I'm feeling sentimental and nostalgic. I've watched supernatural since 2005. When I was in 5th grade. 15 years. It's crazy that it's finally coming to an end now.
— ✩☽⁷ (@eris_248) November 20, 2020
I have too many notebooks that I consider too pretty, or hold significant sentimental value, to use.
— Enjy AB 🏳 (@NG_Ashour) November 19, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for sentimental
As much as I miss my friends and traveling in general, for example, I plan to take a cue from Reggie and am not going to take a sentimental journey this year.Okay, so maybe we don’t miss everything about holiday travel|Liz Langley|December 18, 2020|Washington Post
We don’t just mean compassion matters in a moral or ethical or sentimental sense.
If a sentimental ornament breaks, Borchers suggests preserving the broken pieces in a frame or inside a glass ornament that can be hung on the tree.Seven ways to elevate your holiday decorating, according to the pros at Biltmore|Virginia Brown|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
As long as you have a close relationship to the griever and know their preferences well, a thoughtful, sentimental gift could bring the bittersweet joy they need right now.
It’s sentimental, like someone is trying to get ahold of you.The way we express grief for strangers is changing|Tanya Basu|December 3, 2020|MIT Technology Review
A good commercial Christmas song must avoid being too sentimental or too cutesy.
Northanger Abbey, after all, parodies the tropes and excesses of sentimental Gothic novels.
While Kalman tends to mine the past for material, she is as irreverent as she is sentimental.
The simultaneously upbeat and sentimental ode to friendship is equal parts funk, trance, pop, and R&B.The Swedish Queen of Soulful Pop: Mapei Won’t Wait for You to Listen|Caitlin Dickson|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In another series, drafting a fantasy football team by the side of a fallen comrade could be sentimental, even borderline maudlin.The MVPs of Sleaze Are Back: FXX's 'The League' Ups the Degenerate Ante|Emily Shire|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Frulein Fichtner is more in the bravura than in the sentimental line, and she has a certain breadth, grasp, and freshness.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
There are sentimental children, as there are sentimental adults, who seem never happier than when the tears are ready to start.Children's Ways|James Sully
She resented his sudden drop from his pedestal, for he looked sentimental and somewhat sheepish.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
I see no infinite goodness here, but only the infinite foolishness of sentimental superstition.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
These worthy men really made too much of his sentimental journey.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood