verb (used without object), sen·ti·men·tal·ized, sen·ti·men·tal·iz·ing.
verb (used with object), sen·ti·men·tal·ized, sen·ti·men·tal·iz·ing.
Examples from the Web for sentimentalize
To sentimentalize over a criminal—to "forgive" because of a glow of feeling—is to incur liability for production of criminals.Human Nature and Conduct|John Dewey
And I don't want you to sentimentalize any of the things you see in New York.The March Family Trilogy, Complete|William Dean Howells
The temptation to sentimentalize in writing of the “beauties of nature” is very strong.The Fall of the Year|Dallas Lore Sharp
I have talked with no sensible person who proposes to sentimentalize over the law-breaker.Within Prison Walls|Thomas Mott Osborne
Yet employers tell labor managers they must not sentimentalize.Working With the Working Woman|Cornelia Stratton Parker
British Dictionary definitions for sentimentalize
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]