SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Related forms sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb an·ti·sen·ti·men·tal, adjective an·ti·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb hy·per·sen·ti·men·tal, adjective hy·per·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb in·ter·sen·ti·men·tal, adjective o·ver·sen·ti·men·tal, adjective o·ver·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb qua·si-sen·ti·men·tal, adjective qua·si-sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb sem·i·sen·ti·men·tal, adjective sem·i·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb su·per·sen·ti·men·tal, adjective su·per·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb un·sen·ti·men·tal, adjective un·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for sentimentally Historical Examples of sentimentally
“‘Say au revoir, but not good-by,’” sang Miss Sherborne
The youth of her was in that intangible thing called,
sentimentally, the spirit.
"Made more lovely because of you," replied Waldstricker,
sentimentally, not imaginatively, the Englishman will die. Sentimentally I am disposed to harmony; but organically I am incapable of a tune. British Dictionary definitions for sentimentally 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 Forms sentimentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sentimentally 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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