verb (used without object), sen·ti·men·tal·ized, sen·ti·men·tal·iz·ing.

to indulge in sentiment.

verb (used with object), sen·ti·men·tal·ized, sen·ti·men·tal·iz·ing.

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

First recorded in 1790–1800; sentimental + -ize
Related formssen·ti·men·tal·i·za·tion, nounsen·ti·men·tal·iz·er, nouno·ver·sen·ti·men·tal·ize, verb, o·ver·sen·ti·men·tal·ized, o·ver·sen·ti·men·tal·iz·ing.sem·i·sen·ti·men·tal·ized, adjectiveun·sen·ti·men·tal·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sentimentalize

romanticize, idealize, glamorize

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British Dictionary definitions for sentimentalize




to make sentimental or behave sentimentally
Derived Formssentimentalization or sentimentalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for sentimentalize

1764, intransitive, "indulge in sentiments," from sentimental + -ize. Meaning "to make sentimental" (transitive) is from 1813. Related: Sentimentalized; sentimentalizing.

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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