the quality or state of being sentimental or excessively sentimental.
an instance of being sentimental.
a sentimental act, gesture, expression, etc.
- o·ver·sen·ti·men·tal·i·ty, noun
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How to use sentimentality in a sentence
Simon is a writer and television producer, best known for “The Wire,” and if you follow his Twitter feed, you know he’s not prone to sentimentality.Anthony Bourdain’s messy, brilliant life comes into focus in a new oral biography | Tim Carman | September 30, 2021 | Washington Post
While admittedly most of my go-to breakup albums tend to lean towards melancholy and sentimentality, Bannon’s brutally honest and raw energy is as effective as any slowed down ballad could ever be.Cry Your Heart Out: The 11 Best Breakup Albums Ever Made | Peter Allen Clark | September 17, 2021 | Time
For as attractive as these jobs will be, the hires won’t be easy to get right, not with all the pressure, politics and sentimentality involved.College basketball’s blue bloods run cold during this NCAA tournament | Jerry Brewer | March 19, 2021 | Washington Post
There’s no hint of sentimentality in Fern or in Nomadland — only a need to remember and to keep living.
Giannis Antetokounmpo cashes in with his supermax deal, but sentimentality comes at a priceThe great escape is always the expectation now.Giannis Antetokounmpo’s patience is a gift to Milwaukee. Don’t blow it, Bucks. | Jerry Brewer | December 16, 2020 | Washington Post
It was a coming-out story of sorts told with self-effacing un-sentimentality.
He once told me that he hated AIDS films because of the sentimentality.
Here, however, the novel ends with unearned sentimentality and cheap contrivance.
“I have a horror of hysterics or sentimentality,” he explained.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics | Michael Wolraich | July 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But 30 years later the Civil Rights Movement smothered any remaining sentimentality under the banner of equality.
I should not allow inane sentimentality to influence me: it is beneath the revolutionist.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
I startled a passing cabman into interest by laughing aloud at that magnificent and characteristic sentimentality.The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
He alone in French art inclines a little, in his tearful sentimentality, to the Romantic school of Dsseldorf.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4) | Richard Muther
And this, indeed, contrasted strangely with his former abandon, and with the customary gush of German sentimentality.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII | John Lord
We can see how the indiscriminate preaching of such a formula would open the flood-gates of sentimentality and fraud.The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society | Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for sentimentality
the state, quality, or an instance of being sentimental
an act, statement, etc, that is sentimental
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