from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A predilection for the sentimental.
- n. An idea or expression marked by excessive sentiment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A liking for sentimental things
- n. An overly sentimental thing or condition; bathos or sentimentality
- n. A view according to which morality is somehow grounded in moral sentiments or emotions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being sentimental; the character or behavior of a sentimentalist; sentimentality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Tendency to be swayed by sentiment; affected sensibility or sentiment; mawkish susceptibility; specifically, the philosophy of Rousseau and others, which gave great weight to the impulses of a susceptible heart.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the excessive expression of tender feelings, nostalgia, or sadness in any form
- n. a predilection for sentimentality
All of which you characterize as sentimentalism -- so says
On the other hand, what replaced it was far worse, and I tend to reject claims that the old sentimentalism is aesthetically equal to Glory & Praise.
Tagore was a major world poet and artist, whose sentimentalism is sometimes misunderstood, no doubt.
One thing for sure, there was no sentimentalism from the five-time NHL leading scorer as he took off his Pittsburgh jersey for the last time.
What they call sentimentalism is greater sensibility, greater sympathy, a keener sense of justice.
There was need of such a sentiment to be somehow kindled, to counteract the ascendancy of a certain sentimentalism that prevails too much in our days.
The gentleman from Ohio refers in strong terms to what he calls the sentimentalism of the North.
A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention For Proposing Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, Held at Washington, D.C., in February, A.D. 1861
But "sentimentalism" -- projecting a value, often an aesthetic one, onto some aspect of the natural world, and then intervening to maintain that aspect of the world from any changes that other natural processes might otherwise bring about -- is what environmentalism is all about.
Lessing, Wieland, Herder, Goethe, and Schiller (Wil - helm Münch, “Über den Begriff des Klassikers” in Zum deutschen Kultur - und Bildungsleben, Berlin ), an extremely heterogeneous group of which Klopstock today would appear to belong to what is usually called sentimentalism; Lessing, in spite of his polemics against the practices of French tragedy, is a ration - alistic classicist who worshipped Aristotle; Wieland is rather a man of the Enlightenment whose art strikes us often as rococo; Herder would seem an irrationalistic preromantic.
Part of what complicates Wordsworth’s regendering of Della Cruscan sentimentalism is the confrontation between the real pain of rustic life — an emasculating pain, as evinced in the 1798 lyrical ballads — and the pain of romance so celebrated in the metrical ballads of Percy.