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[ UK /sˌɛntɪmˈɛntˈælɪti/ ]
[ US /ˌsɛnəmɛnˈtæɫɪti, ˌsɛntəmɛnˈtæɫɪti/ ]
  1. falsely emotional in a maudlin way
  2. extravagant or affected feeling or emotion
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How To Use sentimentality In A Sentence

  • Moreover, don't these choices facilitate a feminist reading of the text, deconstructing sentimentality to expose masculine failings and feminine rebellion?
  • Stray too far in one direction and you devolve into saccharine sentimentality, go the other direction and you risk crass exploitation.
  • I think that I avoided self-pity and sentimentality about it because I didn't feel that way about it.
  • The demands which Humbert makes upon Lolita, with his appalling sentimentality, cannot possibly be met by her: and the result is a bitter comedy in which the nymphet answers his passion by demand for more iced lollies or fudge sundaes. From the archive, 23 January 1959: Lolita and its critics
  • Your Silent Nights and Joy to the Worlds manage to be special and festive without first being coated with a cubic kilometre of sickly sentimentality.
  • Being incapable of theory, being indeed incapable of thought, he can only deal in two things: what he calls practicality and what I call sentimentality. The wheels of justice grind slow…
  • The writers juggled a nice mix of comedy, drama and romance pretty well, only occasionally stumbling into gooey sentimentality.
  • How does she avoid sentimentality? Times, Sunday Times
  • The short Serenades are also quite pretty and Hanson makes the most out of their sugary sentimentality.
  • It is an old-fashioned, admirably reticent film that succeeds not through daring but by avoiding the seductions of sentimentality and melodrama.
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