[sen-tuh-men-tl-iz-uh m]


sentimental tendency or character; predominance of sentiment over reason.
weak emotionalism; excessive indulgence in sentiment.
a display of sentimentality.

Origin of sentimentalism

First recorded in 1810–20; sentimental + -ism
Related formso·ver·sen·ti·men·tal·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sentimentalism

Historical Examples of sentimentalism

  • Philip was getting into a dangerous mood with his sentimentalism.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Dreaming wanes into sentimentalism, and sentimentalism is fatal to action.

  • The gush of sentimentalism which had carried her away had only made her more alluring.

  • The excess of sentimentalism had given rise to the other extreme of naturalism.

    Mary Wollstonecraft

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

  • His sentimentalism had apparently not quite passed from him.


    E. F. Benson

British Dictionary definitions for sentimentalism



the state or quality of being sentimental
an act, statement, etc, that is sentimental
Derived Formssentimentalist, noun
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Word Origin and History for sentimentalism

1801, from sentimental + -ism.

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