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noun as in sentimentalism

noun as in extravagant in emotion

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Simon is a writer and television producer, best known for “The Wire,” and if you follow his Twitter feed, you know he’s not prone to sentimentality.

While admittedly most of my go-to breakup albums tend to lean towards melancholy and sentimentality, Bannon’s brutally honest and raw energy is as effective as any slowed down ballad could ever be.

From Time

For as attractive as these jobs will be, the hires won’t be easy to get right, not with all the pressure, politics and sentimentality involved.

There’s no hint of sentimentality in Fern or in Nomadland — only a need to remember and to keep living.

From Vox

Giannis Antetokounmpo cashes in with his supermax deal, but sentimentality comes at a priceThe great escape is always the expectation now.

It was a coming-out story of sorts told with self-effacing un-sentimentality.

He once told me that he hated AIDS films because of the sentimentality.

Here, however, the novel ends with unearned sentimentality and cheap contrivance.

“I have a horror of hysterics or sentimentality,” he explained.

But 30 years later the Civil Rights Movement smothered any remaining sentimentality under the banner of equality.

I should not allow inane sentimentality to influence me: it is beneath the revolutionist.

I startled a passing cabman into interest by laughing aloud at that magnificent and characteristic sentimentality.

He alone in French art inclines a little, in his tearful sentimentality, to the Romantic school of Dsseldorf.

And this, indeed, contrasted strangely with his former abandon, and with the customary gush of German sentimentality.

We can see how the indiscriminate preaching of such a formula would open the flood-gates of sentimentality and fraud.


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On this page you'll find 22 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to sentimentality, such as: melodrama, nostalgia, bathos, mawkishness, mushiness, and reminiscence.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.