- to indulge in sentiment.
- to view (someone or something) sentimentally: He sentimentalized the relationship until all real meaning was lost.
Also especially British, sen·ti·men·tal·ise.
Origin of sentimentalize
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Examples from the Web for sentimentalize
With a mind at ease, I now set myself to sentimentalize with Mdlle.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
I am not going to sentimentalize over my copy, for how much of it have I read?A Window in Thrums
J. M. Barrie
Miss Watts never tried to sentimentalize their relationship.The Cricket
She would not sentimentalize even her own suicidal renouncing.Angela's Business
Henry Sydnor Harrison
What a pity that I feel much more in mood to fish than to sentimentalize!
- to make sentimental or behave sentimentally
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Word Origin and History for sentimentalize
Think on these things, and let S______ go to Lincoln sessions by himself, and talk classically with country justices. In the meantime we will philosophize and sentimentalize;--the last word is a bright invention of the moment in which it was written, for yours or Dr. Johnson's service .... [Laurence Sterne, letter to William Combe, Esq., dated Aug. 5, 1764, published 1787]
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