from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being excessively or affectedly sentimental.
- n. A sentimental idea or an expression of it.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An act of being sentimental.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being sentimental.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being sentimental; affectation of fine or tender feeling or exquisite sensibility; sentimentalism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. extravagant or affected feeling or emotion
- n. falsely emotional in a maudlin way
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There were ballads to make the heart beat fast, and one little tragedy, _The Blot in the 'Scutcheon_, which, though not over-disposed to what he called sentimentality, I could not read without tears.
It was impossible for me to thank my father; what he called my sentimentality would have exasperated him.
This my swashbuckler misnames sentimentality -- and thus I feel that he always tends to admire the wrong qualities, because he condones even what he calls sentimentality in one whom he chooses to admire.
I like it when old farts like Kristof remind people that wallowing in sentimentality with Little Lord Fauntleroy is just as fun today as it was back when it was written.
Carl Jung said that sentimentality is a superstructure covering brutality.
The great Irish writer James Joyce said that sentimentality is unearned emotion.
In the postwar years, that combination of pathos, a certain sentimentality and a spirit of resilience endeared him to the British public and probably went a long way to explaining his popularity in Albania.
But scientists live to reduce the seemingly irreducible, and sentimentality is off-limits in the lab.
At the center of this code, or deeply embedded within the logic of sentimentality, is the work it does in building and maintaining the boundaries defining of gender.
Good god, this sappy sentimentality is not becoming of a follower of the Sith.