sentimental

[ sen-tuh-men-tl ]
/ ˌsɛn təˈmɛn tl /
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adjective

expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia: a sentimental song.
pertaining to or dependent on sentiment: We kept the old photograph for purely sentimental reasons.
weakly emotional; mawkishly susceptible or tender: the sentimental Victorians.
characterized by or showing sentiment or refined feeling.

Origin of sentimental

First recorded in 1740–50; sentiment + -al1
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sentimental

/ (ˌsɛntɪˈmɛntəl) /

adjective

tending to indulge the emotions excessively
making a direct appeal to the emotions, esp to romantic feelings
relating to or characterized by sentiment
Derived Formssentimentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sentimentally

sentimental


adj.

1749, "pertaining to or characterized by sentiment," from sentiment + -al (1). At first without pejorative connotations; meaning "having too much sentiment, apt to be swayed by prejudice" had emerged by 1793 (implied in sentimentalist). Related: Sentimentally.

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