sentimental

[sen-tuh-men-tl]
adjective
  1. expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia: a sentimental song.
  2. pertaining to or dependent on sentiment: We kept the old photograph for purely sentimental reasons.
  3. weakly emotional; mawkishly susceptible or tender: the sentimental Victorians.
  4. characterized by or showing sentiment or refined feeling.

Origin of sentimental

First recorded in 1740–50; sentiment + -al1
Related formssen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverban·ti·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectivean·ti·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbhy·per·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectivehy·per·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbin·ter·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectiveo·ver·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectiveo·ver·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbqua·si-sen·ti·men·tal, adjectivequa·si-sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbsem·i·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectivesem·i·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbsu·per·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectivesu·per·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbun·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectiveun·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for sentimental

Antonyms for sentimental

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Examples from the Web for sentimentally

Historical Examples of sentimentally

  • “‘Say au revoir, but not good-by,’” sang Miss Sherborne sentimentally.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The youth of her was in that intangible thing called, sentimentally, the spirit.

    Gigolo

    Edna Ferber

  • "Made more lovely because of you," replied Waldstricker, sentimentally.

  • And sentimentally, not imaginatively, the Englishman will die.

    Appearances

    Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

  • Sentimentally I am disposed to harmony; but organically I am incapable of a tune.

    Familiar Quotations

    John Bartlett


British Dictionary definitions for sentimentally

sentimental

adjective
  1. tending to indulge the emotions excessively
  2. making a direct appeal to the emotions, esp to romantic feelings
  3. 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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