sentimentalize

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

sentimental +‎ -ize

VerbEdit

sentimentalize (third-person singular simple present sentimentalizes, present participle sentimentalizing, simple past and past participle sentimentalized)

  1. (transitive) To give a sentimental feel to.
    Let us not sentimentalize things just because they are old. Getting all dewy-eyed about it because it was started in the 17th century doesn't make sense when we're talking about the town dump.
  2. (intransitive) To think or act in a sentimental manner, or like a sentimentalist; to affect exquisite sensibility.
    • 1857, Charles Kingsley, Two Years Ago
      he learnt to sentimentalize over cathedrals and monasteries , pictures and statues , saints and kaisers

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “sentimentalize” in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)