from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To imbue or regard with sentiment; be sentimental about.
- intransitive v. To behave in a sentimental manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To give a sentimental feel to.
- v. To think or act in a sentimental manner, or like a sentimentalist; to affect exquisite sensibility.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To think or act in a sentimental manner, or like a sentimentalist; to affect exquisite sensibility.
- transitive v. To regard in a sentimental manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To indulge in sentiment; talk sentiment; play the sentimentalist.
- To render sentimental; give a sentimental character to.
- Also spelled sentimentalise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. act in a sentimental way or indulge in sentimental thoughts or expression
- v. make (someone or something) sentimental or imbue with sentimental qualities
- v. look at with sentimentality or turn into an object of sentiment
I'm not sure that I would use the word sentimentalize, myself.
If you, like most Americans, don't know the truth about "your people", you're doomed to perpetuate the crap and sentimentalize the good.
And no woman's life should be sacrificed by those whose religious beliefs subordinate her to men, by those who sentimentalize motherhood as divine will or intuition and by those who do not respect her.
I think that this strategy in Rabbit is Rich mostly works -- it's still a pretty good book that manages to make Harry Angstrom a more sympathetic figure than he is in either Rabbit, Run or Rabbit Redux but doesn't sentimentalize him in the process.
Watch the way you sentimentalize a baby bootie and take offense at a pair of boxer shorts.
Schrag notes the rapid changes in Latino families already in the United States, and presents the provocative proposal that they may someday resemble the Irish and the Germans in their ability to set aside, forget, and sentimentalize who they once were.
This temper and its results in a household of young women became a character in Little Women and one of the things Louisa refused to sentimentalize.
As with the other men who forged an empire of dreams out of a drowsy resort town, it will not do to sentimentalize Cecil B.
During the holidays especially, we tend to over-sentimentalize family relationships, getting frustrated when it ain't necessarily so.
Moorhouse is sympathetic to ordinary Berliners, especially as the bombing intensified and the city turned into an inferno, but he doesn't sentimentalize them.