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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sentimental mean? 

SENTIMENTAL (adjective)
  The adjective SENTIMENTAL has 2 senses:

1. given to or marked by sentiment or sentimentality
2. effusively or insincerely emotional

  Familiarity information: SENTIMENTAL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SENTIMENTAL (adjective)

Sense 1sentimental [BACK TO TOP]


Given to or marked by sentiment or sentimentality


tender (given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality)

Sense 2sentimental [BACK TO TOP]


Effusively or insincerely emotional


bathetic; schmalzy; schmaltzy; mawkish; maudlin; hokey; mushy; sentimental; slushy; soppy; soupy; drippy

Context examples:

a bathetic novel / maudlin expressions of sympathy / mushy effusiveness / a schmaltzy song / sentimental soap operas / slushy poetry


emotional (of more than usual emotion)

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