One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she felt a sentimental attachment to the place creep over her’
nostalgic, tender, emotional, dewy-eyed, misty-eyed, affectionate, loving
2‘the film is unfocused and sentimental’
mawkish, over-sentimental, overemotional, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, sugar-coated, syrupy
romantic, hearts-and-flowers, touching, pathetic
informal slushy, sloppy, mushy, weepy, tear-jerking, schmaltzy, cutesy, lovey-dovey, gooey, drippy, sloshy, soupy, treacly, cheesy, corny, icky, sick-making, toe-curling
British informal soppy
North American informal cornball, sappy, hokey, three-hanky
gritty, unsentimental, realistic, hard-headed
3‘Hannah had always been sentimental about animals’
soft-hearted, tender-hearted, soft, soft-centred
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