one given to sentiment or sentimentality.

Origin of sentimentalist

First recorded in 1770–80; sentimental + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sentimentalist

Contemporary Examples of sentimentalist

Historical Examples of sentimentalist

  • The Sentimentalist, roughly speaking, is the man who wants to eat his cake and have it.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Indeed, I had always supposed that there was nothing of the sentimentalist about him.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Artois was not by nature a sentimentalist—and he was not a fool.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • A sentimentalist, a man of heart, would quickly have it broken with the pity of it all.

  • He was no sentimentalist: as what great artist in government has ever been?

    Views and Reviews

    William Ernest Henley

Word Origin and History for sentimentalist

1768, from sentimental + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper