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English Dictionary: sentimental by the DICT Development Group
2 results for sentimental
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. given to or marked by sentiment or sentimentality
  2. effusively or insincerely emotional; "a bathetic novel"; "maudlin expressions of sympathy"; "mushy effusiveness"; "a schmaltzy song"; "sentimental soap operas"; "slushy poetry"
    Synonym(s): bathetic, drippy, hokey, maudlin, mawkish, kitschy, mushy, schmaltzy, schmalzy, sentimental, soppy, soupy, slushy
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sentimental \Sen`ti*men"tal\, a. [Cf. F. sentimental.]
      1. Having, expressing, or containing a sentiment or
            sentiments; abounding with moral reflections; containing a
            moral reflection; didactic. [Obsoles.]
                     Nay, ev'n each moral sentimental stroke, Where not
                     the character, but poet, spoke, He lopped, as
                     foreign to his chaste design, Nor spared a useless,
                     though a golden line.                        --Whitehead.
      2. Inclined to sentiment; having an excess of sentiment or
            sensibility; indulging the sensibilities for their own
            sake; artificially or affectedly tender; -- often in a
            reproachful sense.
                     A sentimental mind is rather prone to overwrought
                     feeling and exaggerated tenderness.   --Whately.
      3. Addressed or pleasing to the emotions only, usually to the
            weaker and the unregulated emotions.
      Syn: Romantic.
      Usage: {Sentimental}, {Romantic}. Sentimental usually
                  describes an error or excess of the sensibilities;
                  romantic, a vice of the imagination. The votary of the
                  former gives indulgence to his sensibilities for the
                  mere luxury of their excitement; the votary of the
                  latter allows his imagination to rove for the pleasure
                  of creating scenes of ideal enjoiment. [bd]Perhaps
                  there is no less danger in works called sentimental.
                  They attack the heart more successfully, because more
                  cautiously.[b8] --V. Knox. [bd]I can not but look on
                  an indifferency of mind, as to the good or evil things
                  of this life, as a mere romantic fancy of such who
                  would be thought to be much wiser than they ever were,
                  or could be.[b8] --Bp. Stillingfleet.
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