Definition of sentimentalize in English:

sentimentalize

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Treat, regard, or portray (someone or something) with exaggerated and self-indulgent feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.

    ‘the impossibly sentimentalized and saintly ideal of the Virgin Mother’
    • ‘But as long as you make the problems genuine and the characters strive with all their considerable abilities to solve them, you are not going to patronise them or sentimentalise them.’
    • ‘I like the way he championed underdogs without sentimentalizing them: ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk’, he said to the man who had a touch of self-pity in his complaint that no one would help him.’
    • ‘But Jenkins doesn't resort to sentimentalising her to generate sympathy.’
    • ‘In an age in which young girls were sentimentalized as emblems of purity and beauty, Carroll regarded little girls with great adoration, almost worship.’
    • ‘We censor it, sentimentalise it, treat it as a commodity.’
    • ‘Reading his book over a century later, in an age that has sentimentalised illness and therapy, his remarks sound disconcertingly moderate.’
    • ‘The story of a nun who befriends a man on death row never sentimentalises the issues, but is an unforgettable study of capital punishment's cynicism.’
    • ‘To her credit, Leslie treats them seriously, without sentimentalizing the characters or their experiences.’
    • ‘One sister in London, England, sentimentalizes Montreal and pines to be here.’
    • ‘In most films, these matters are sentimentalized or skirted altogether.’
    • ‘Instead, it's uncomfortably present-day in its stark depiction of the machinations of money, wealth and love, all heightened by Davies's refusal to sentimentalize those topics.’
    • ‘We have sentimentalized our understanding of God's relationship to humanity.’
    • ‘We sentimentalize the great figures of our past, and then we find out that they were human beings who did both things that were exceptional and other things that perhaps weren't savory at all.’
    • ‘There is nothing sentimentalized or homogenized about this story or the characters.’
    • ‘And because he wants, intermittently, to sentimentalize their dilemmas, he has a hard time generating genuinely potent satire.’
    • ‘Let's stop sentimentalising the fuddy-duddies who cling to outmoded ‘ethical’ concepts and start applauding those with the courage to brush away the cobwebs of scruple and get on with making money!’
    • ‘Kate's predicament is never sentimentalized, and the tough decisions she faces aren't simplified to bring about a tidy little ending.’
    • ‘This self-inculpation for events not involving the apologists' complicity personalizes and sentimentalizes an act of crime or dereliction.’
    • ‘And to say that Simpson doesn't sentimentalize this role would be a massive understatement.’
    • ‘Meyer, taking his lead from his subject, relates his struggle without sentimentalising it.’

Pronunciation

sentimentalize

/ˌsen(t)əˈmen(t)lˌīz//ˌsɛn(t)əˈmɛn(t)lˌaɪz/