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noun, plural sen·ti·men·tal·i·ties.
  1. the quality or state of being sentimental or excessively sentimental.
  2. an instance of being sentimental.
  3. a sentimental act, gesture, expression, etc.
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Origin of sentimentality

First recorded in 1760–70; sentimental + -ity
Related formso·ver·sen·ti·men·tal·i·ty, noun
Can be confusedsentiment sentimentality (see synonym study at sentiment)

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Related Words for sentimentality

nostalgia, melodrama, hokum, sentiment, mushiness, reminiscence, mawkishness, bathos, triteness, schmaltz

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British Dictionary definitions for sentimentality


noun plural -ties
  1. the state, quality, or an instance of being sentimental
  2. an act, statement, etc, that is sentimental
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Word Origin and History for sentimentality


1768, from sentimental + -ity.

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