Emotionalism means "an inclination to rely on or place too much value on emotion." It could be argued that very few, if any, thinkers would call themselves "emotionalists", but rather that it would be a derogatory term applied to them, possibly for exhibiting a demeanor, which may be interpreted as an appeal to emotion. Whether or not this is the case may vary from depending upon what is being presented.
In fine art, the term "emotionalism" refers to a style of painting which is expressionist with the goal of illicting humanitarinism and social responsibility from the viewer.

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  • Emotionalism — E*mo tion*al*ism, n. The cultivation of an emotional state of mind; tendency to regard things in an emotional manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • emotionalism — [ē mō′shənəl iz΄əm, i mō′shənəl iz΄əm] n. 1. the tendency to be emotional or to show emotion quickly and easily 2. display of emotion 3. an appeal to emotion, esp. to sway an audience to some belief …   English World dictionary

  • emotionalism — /i moh sheuh nl iz euhm/, n. 1. excessively emotional character: the emotionalism of sentimental fiction. 2. strong or excessive appeal to the emotions: the emotionalism of patriotic propaganda. 3. a tendency to display or respond with undue… …   Universalium

  • emotionalism — emotional ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to the emotions. 2) arousing or showing emotion. 3) easily affected by or readily displaying emotion. DERIVATIVES emotionalism noun emotionality noun emotionalize (also emotionalise) verb emot …   English terms dictionary

  • emotionalism — noun Date: 1865 1. a tendency to regard things emotionally 2. undue indulgence in or display of emotion …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • emotionalism — noun The cultivation of an emotional state of mind; tendency to regard things in an emotional manner. See Also: emotivism …   Wiktionary

  • emotionalism — Synonyms and related words: abstraction, abulia, agitability, alienation, anxiety, anxiety equivalent, anxiety state, apathy, blood and thunder, catatonic stupor, combustibility, compulsion, dejection, demonstrativeness, depression, detachment,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • emotionalism — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. emotion, hysteria, sentimentality, agitation; see emotion , excitement , sensationalism , sentimentality …   English dictionary for students

  • emotionalism — e|mo|tion|al|is|m [ıˈməuʃənəlızəm US ıˈmou ] n [U] a tendency to show or feel too much emotion …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • emotionalism — e mo·tion·al·ism || ʃnÉ™lɪzÉ™m n. tendency to express one s feelings in an overly dramatic manner, effusiveness, sentimentalism …   English contemporary dictionary

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