Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized or swayed by sentiment.
  • adj. Affectedly or extravagantly emotional.
  • adj. Resulting from or colored by emotion rather than reason or realism.
  • adj. Appealing to the sentiments, especially to romantic feelings: sentimental music.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. characterized by sentiment, sentimentality or excess emotion
  • adj. derived from emotion rather than reason
  • adj. romantic

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having, expressing, or containing a sentiment or sentiments; abounding with moral reflections; containing a moral reflection; didactic.
  • adj. Inclined to sentiment; having an excess of sentiment or sensibility; indulging the sensibilities for their own sake; artificially or affectedly tender; -- often in a reproachful sense.
  • adj. Addressed or pleasing to the emotions only, usually to the weaker and the unregulated emotions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Swayed, or apt to be swayed, by sentiment; of a tender and susceptible heart; mawkishly tender or susceptible: as, a sentimental person.
  • Containing or characterized by sentiment; appealing to the feelings rather than to reason: as, a sentimental song; sentimental works.
  • Synonyms Romantic, Sentimental (see romantic), hysterical, gushing, etc. (in style).
  • Of or pertaining to sentimentalism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. given to or marked by sentiment or sentimentality
  • adj. effusively or insincerely emotional

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Examples

  • Whereas the term "sentimental" can be used more often than not to hint at an indulgence in the emotionality it can imply, when speaking of a movie it might refer to the film being used to pull on the heartstrings and provoke the tear ducts of the audience in a contrived and calculated manner.

    Carol Smaldino: A Surprise of Sentiment and 50-50

  • I went back to the Philippines with MacArthur on his final journey there in 1961, what he called his sentimental journey.

    In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines

  • He would have liked to have left them behind altogether, and even tried to laugh Beth out of what he called her sentimental attachment to odds and ends; but as most of the things had belonged to Aunt Victoria, she took his ridicule so ill that he wisely let the subject drop.

    The Beth Book Being a Study of the Life of Elizabeth Caldwell Maclure, a Woman of Genius

  • General Botha and General Smuts were ready to concede almost every material point, provided what they called the sentimental objection against race distinction was waived by the Indian community.

    74. ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA

  • “But isn't that what you call sentimental?” said Vincent.

    Father Payne

  • You say 'the sentimental is always a got-up thing,' a 'do at the bottom of it.'

    Selections from the Letters of Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury to Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • We have already established in these (blog) pages that I don't think "sentimental" is a dirty word -- as long as the emotion is honestly earned, that I adore a good cry -- as long as I don't feel jerked around, and that I consider "old fashioned" a term of art, not an insult.

    Fanny

  • I have no interest in sentimental, saccharine portrayals – life's too short for untruths.

    Claire Messud discusses The Emperor's Children

  • For the meanings of tears in sentimental fiction see Csengei, "I Will Not Weep."

    Notes

  • What was it about childhood and homelife that made people weep in sentimental love when they thought about it?

    Archive 2007-12-01

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