Definition of Sentimental

1. Adjective. Given to or marked by sentiment or sentimentality.

Similar to: Tender
Derivative terms: Sentiment, Sentimentality

2. Adjective. Effusively or insincerely emotional. "Slushy poetry"

Definition of Sentimental

1. a. Having, expressing, or containing a sentiment or sentiments; abounding with moral reflections; containing a moral reflection; didactic.

Definition of Sentimental

1. Adjective. characterized by sentiment, sentimentality or excess emotion ¹

2. Adjective. derived from emotion rather than reason ¹

3. Adjective. romantic ¹

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Definition of Sentimental

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Sentimental

1. 1. Having, expressing, or containing a sentiment or sentiments; abounding with moral reflections; containing a moral reflection; didactic. "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. Synonym: Romantic. 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. "Perhaps there is no less danger in works called sentimental. They attack the heart more successfully, because more cautiously." . "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." . Origin: Cf. F. Sentimental. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sentimental

sentimental (current term)
sentimental value

Literary usage of Sentimental

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. American Book Prices Current (1921)
"sentimental Journey through France and Italy. Lond., 1768. ... Yorick's sentimental Journey, Continued. Lond., 1774. OW cf. (2 vols. in 1), Holden, G., ..."

2. English Drama of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century, 1642-1780 by George Henry Nettleton (1914)
"The birth of the sentimental novel fostered the tendency of comedy to substitute tears ... In England, the kinship between sentimental comedy and tragedy is ..."

3. Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero by William Makepeace Thackeray (1893)
"... we should have to extend this novel to such a multiplicity of volumes as not the most sentimental reader : could support; that she not only filled ..."

4. Curiosities of Literature by Isaac Disraeli (1858)
"sentimental BIOGRAPHY. It would have been more reasonable had the critic discovered that our ... The sentimental is also distinct from the aut«- biography, ..."

5. A Bookman's Budget by Austin Dobson (1917)
"THE EPITHET ' sentimental ' JOHNSON, who must often have heard this word, ignores it altogether; and in Todd's edition of his Dictionary, 1818, ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The poet's temporary obsession with sentimental, as opposed to strictly dramatic issues, appears again, and more effectively, in his characterization of the ..."

7. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The tearful comedy, 'Comedie larmoyante,1 pathetic and sentimental, had a considerable popularity in England and France, and was sustained by the criticism ..."

8. The Complete Works of Gustave Flaubert: Embracing Romances, Travels by Gustave Flaubert, Ferdinand Brunetière (1904)
"... sentimental EDUCATION [ CONTINUED ] CHAPTER XI. A DINNER AND A DUEL. l REDERICK passed the whole of the next day in brooding over his anger and ..."

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