Definition of sentimentality in English:

sentimentality

noun

  • [mass noun] Exaggerated and self-indulgent tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.

    ‘there are passages which verge on sentimentality’
    • ‘The danger here is that emotion and sentimentality are likely to get in the way of common sense and reality.’
    • ‘But what I have just attempted very briefly to articulate is not mere sentimentality.’
    • ‘There is no sentimentality in his sympathy for his characters.’
    • ‘The company is a lean, slick, international operation with little room for sentimentality.’
    • ‘There is no sentimentality in the French view of the countryside.’
    • ‘It contains strong elements of sentimentality and a longing for the past.’
    • ‘Derided for his sentimentality and the mechanical precision of his work, his standing has gradually declined.’
    • ‘There is no sentimentality about his description of those days.’
    • ‘I think all my books are embarrassingly awash with sentimentality and emotion.’
    • ‘There are letters from home too so we can have shots of mawkish sentimentality and tears.’
    • ‘He has great sensitivity and understanding but no sentimentality.’
    • ‘I wish people would stop mistaking sentimentality for serious emotion.’
    • ‘This is a show that, despite its bygone English rural setting, is without nostalgia or sentimentality.’
    • ‘Life today is guided not by logic and reason but rather by emotion, fear and sentimentality.’
    • ‘The director lights up the screen with genuine emotions, minus sentimentality.’
    • ‘I don't go for over-much sentimentality when the animals I've loved have reached the end of their journey.’
    • ‘Yet none of that prevented the rest of the country from indulging in a huge celebration of royalism and rampant sentimentality.’
    • ‘It was aimed at the middle classes of Victorian London; designed to appeal to their appetite for sentimentality.’
    • ‘He was never macho, but he also never gave in to sentimentality.’
    • ‘Her ability to capture sentiment without sentimentality was the mark of a true artist.’
    mawkishness, over-sentimentality, sentimentalism, emotionalism, overemotionalism
    nostalgia, pathos
    romanticism
    kitsch
    tweeness
    schmaltz, mush, slush, sob stuff, slushiness, sloppiness, slop, corn, corniness, hokum, cheese
    soppiness
    sappiness, hokeyness
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Pronunciation:

sentimentality

/ˌsɛntɪmɛnˈtalɪti/