sentimentalism

[ sen-tuh-men-tl-iz-uh m ]
/ ˌsɛn təˈmɛn tlˌɪz əm /

noun

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 forms

o·ver·sen·ti·men·tal·ism, noun
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sentimentalism

/ (ˌsɛntɪˈmɛntəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

the state or quality of being sentimental
an act, statement, etc, that is sentimental

Derived Forms

sentimentalist, noun
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