Sentimentality

  • 1 Sentimentality — is both a literary device used to induce a tender emotional response disproportionate to the situation, [I. A. Richards gave just such a quantitative definition: a response is sentimental if it is too great for the occasion. He added, We cannot,… …

    Wikipedia

  • 2 Sentimentality — Sen ti*men*tal i*ty, n. [CF. F. sentimentalit[ e].] The quality or state of being sentimental. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 sentimentality — index affection Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 sentimentality — 1770, from SENTIMENTAL (Cf. sentimental) + ITY (Cf. ity) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 sentimentality — [sen΄tə men tal′ə tē] n. 1. the quality or condition of being sentimental, esp. in a superficial or maudlin way 2. pl. sentimentalities any expression of this …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 sentimentality — n. 1) maudlin, mawkish sentimentality 2) sentimentality about * * * [ˌsentɪmən tælɪtɪ] mawkish sentimentality maudlin sentimentality about …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 7 sentimentality — sen|ti|men|tal|i|ty [ ,sentımen tæləti ] noun uncount the expression of feelings of sadness, sympathy, love, etc. in a way that is inappropriate or obvious: Joanna played the piece beautifully, without a hint of sentimentality …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 8 sentimentality — sentimental ► ADJECTIVE 1) deriving from or prone to feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia. 2) having or arousing such feelings in an exaggerated and self indulgent way. ● sentimental value Cf. ↑sentimental value DERIVATIVES… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 sentimentality — noun (plural ties) Date: 1770 1. the quality or state of being sentimental especially to excess or in affectation 2. a sentimental idea or its expression …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 sentimentality — /sen teuh men tal i tee/, n., pl. sentimentalities. 1. the quality or state of being sentimental or excessively sentimental. 2. an instance of being sentimental. 3. a sentimental act, gesture, expression, etc. [1760 70; SENTIMENTAL + ITY] Syn.… …

    Universalium

  • 11 sentimentality — noun An act of being sentimental …

    Wiktionary

  • 12 sentimentality — Synonyms and related words: affection, affectionateness, amativeness, amorousness, bathos, bleeding heart, cloyingness, corn, corniness, demonstrativeness, ecstasy, emotionalism, enchantment, goatishness, goo, gushiness, hearts and flowers,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 sentimentality — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. sentimentalism, sentiment, melodramatics, bathos, melodrama, maudlinness, triteness, mawkishness, emotionalness, mushiness*, gushiness*; see also emotion , romance 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. mawkishness, *mush,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 sentimentality — sen|ti|men|tal|i|ty [ˌsentımenˈtælıti] n [U] the quality of being sentimental …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 sentimentality — sen·ti·men·tal·i·ty || ‚sentɪmen tælÉ™tɪ n. quality of being sentimental, quality of being emotional (especially excessively emotional) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 16 sentimentality — n. See sentimentalism …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 17 sentimentality — noun (U) the quality of being sentimental …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 sentimentality — n emotionalism, gushiness, mawkishness, maudlinism, maudlinness, sentimentalism; emo tiveness, emotivity, play on or appeal to the emotions, melodrama, melodramatics, dramatics, theatrics, playacting; corniness, hokiness, affectation; bathos,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 19 sentimentality — sen·ti·men·tal·i·ty …

    English syllables

  • 20 sentimentality — UK [ˌsentɪmenˈtælətɪ] / US noun [uncountable] the expression of feelings of sadness, sympathy, love etc in a way that is unsuitable or obvious …

    English dictionary