• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sentimental effusively or insincerely emotional "a bathetic novel","maudlin expressions of sympathy","mushy effusiveness","a schmaltzy song","sentimental soap operas","slushy poetry"
    • adj sentimental given to or marked by sentiment or sentimentality
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A little bit sentimental A little bit sentimental

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sentimental Addressed or pleasing to the emotions only, usually to the weaker and the unregulated emotions.
    • Sentimental 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."
    • Sentimental 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sentimental Swayed, or apt to be swayed, by sentiment; of a tender and susceptible heart; mawkishly tender or susceptible: as, a sentimental person. This quality was highly valued about the third quarter of the eighteenth century, but later was regarded almost with disgust. Hence the word at one time bore a favorable, at a later time an unfavorable implication.
    • sentimental Containing or characterized by sentiment; appealing to the feelings rather than to reason: as, a sentimental song; sentimental works.
    • sentimental Synonyms Romantic, Sentimental (see romantic), hysterical, gushing, etc. (in style).
    • sentimental Of or pertaining to sentimentalism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sentimental having or abounding in sentiments or reflections: having an excess of sentiment or feeling: affectedly tender
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  • James Russell Lowell
    “Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “We live by our imagination, our admiration s, and our sentiments.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Public sentiment is everything, with it nothing can fail, without it nothing can succeed.”
  • Seneca
    “Nothing is so contemptible as the sentiments of the mob.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Preaching is the expression of moral sentiments applied to the duties of life.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “What we call public opinion is generally public sentiment.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. sentimental,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Late L.,—L. sentīre, to feel.


In literature:

Sentiments of a still more extraordinary nature were openly avowed.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 5 (of 5)" by John Marshall
It is very long and extremely sentimental, and written in rather prosy blank verse.
"Some Diversions of a Man of Letters" by Edmund William Gosse
Such were the sentiments which Alexander Kilham thought proper to publish on the subject of creeds.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
The churches must be more practical and less sentimental.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
But it is sentiment, true sentiment, that has moved the world.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O" by Various
Church traditions prevailed, sentiment bordered upon sentimentality, and the technic of painting passed from bad to worse.
"A Text-Book of the History of Painting" by John C. Van Dyke
It was a stroke of genius, destined alike to recast existing theology and to create a new public sentiment for the future.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
Such acts on our part are usually accompanied by a very sweet and lovely feeling of sentiment.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
The sentiments advanced were his sentiments, the acts described were in many cases his acts.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
But it is sentiment, true sentiment, that has moved the world.
"Standard Selections" by Various

In poetry:

From Liberia's peaceful western coast
To the foaming Cape at the southern end,
There's but one law and sentiment sublime,
One flag, and its emblem of which we boast.
"Hail! United States of Africa" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
And show my love by yielding him his due;
For sentimental love is ever vain,
It cannot peace, much less heaven's favor gain;
But those who love in deed are blessed and true.
"True Love" by Joseph Horatio Chant
The world may lose its massive piles
Which point their spires above;
May spare the tuneful nightingale
And gently cooing dove;
But woe betide it, if it lose
The sentiment of love!
"Deprive This Strange And Complex World." by Alfred Castner King
O say, what bliss can transient Life bestow,
What balm so grateful to the social mind,
As FRIENDSHIP'S voice­where gentle precepts flow
From the blest source of sentiment refin'd?
"Stanzas to a Friend" by Mary Darby Robinson
"'Tis the voice of the Jubjub!" he suddenly cried.
(This man, that they used to call "Dunce.")
"As the Bellman would tell you," he added with pride,
"I have uttered that sentiment once.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Yet, in his worst pursuits, I ween
That sometimes there did intervene Pure hopes of high intent:
For passions linked to forms so fair
And stately, needs must have their share
Of noble sentiment.
"Ruth" by William Wordsworth

In news:

The sentiments were similar in the other fast-growing BRIC economies, with the majority in Brazil and Russia also prioritizing the environment.
Rumors, sentiment pull down oil, gas prices.
But could those sentiments be holding you back.
Yellow-ribbon sentiments aside, returning soldiers are struggling -- along with their civilian counterparts -- in a sluggish job market.
Bloody hell, those rock icons are a sentimental lot.
Roger Williams , Pianist Known for Sentimental Songs, Dies at 87.
This week's episode brings together two characters in a way that's unabashedly sentimental but still works.
This sentiment baffles Tony Knowles, a long drink of a man who worked on the North Slope oil rigs before becoming the governor of Alaska in 1994 as a Democrat.
The sentiment couldn't be more appropriate this year with the snowfall crushing our average annual amount.
Some commentators have attributed the FCC's decision last week to block the $39 billion merger of AT&T and T-Mobile to the spread of anti-corporate sentiment in the wake of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
The seacentric spot from Animal's Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo is equal parts smart and sentimental.
It is a wonderful, sentimental tribute to all the mothers who have shown tenderness, understanding, guidance, and loving kindness to each child in the family.
Chris Detrick The Salt Lake Tribune An Outdoor Retailer survey shows that while members like coming to Utah for the shows, there is plenty of sentiment that what's offered here is too little for the shows' ever-growing needs.
A growing sentiment among music-industry cognoscenti is that consumers have lost interest in the genre, save for emo-crazed teenagers and obsessive indie hipsters.
But this year, two Congolese officials took a less sentimental view.

In science:

These considerations underline a need for models that automatically detect aspects discussed in an arbitrary fragment of a review and predict the sentiment of the reviewer towards these aspects.
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models
The second phase uses standard techniques to classify and aggregate sentiment over each of these aspects [19, 6].
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models
For the quantitative analysis we will show that the topics generated from the multi-grained topic model can significantly improve multi-aspect ranking , which attempts to rate the sentiment of individual aspects from the text of user reviews in a supervised setting.
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models
If our topic model identifies a food topic (or topics), then this information could be used as valuable features when predicting the sentiment of an aspect since it will inform the classifier which sentences are genuinely about which aspects.
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models
This method is then used to compare extractive versus abstractive summarizations for sentiment .
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models