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Sentiment vs. Sentimentality — What's the Difference?

Sentiment vs. Sentimentality — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Sentiment and Sentimentality

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Sentiment

A thought, view, or attitude, especially one based mainly on emotion instead of reason
An anti-American sentiment swept through the country.
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Sentimentality

Sentimentality originally indicated the reliance on feelings as a guide to truth, but in current usage the term commonly connotes a reliance on shallow, uncomplicated emotions at the expense of reason.Sentimentalism in philosophy is a view in meta-ethics according to which morality is somehow grounded in moral sentiments or emotions. Sentimentalism in literature refers to techniques a writer employs to induce a tender emotional response disproportionate to the situation at hand (and thus to substitute heightened and generally uncritical feeling for normal ethical and intellectual judgments).
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Sentiment

Emotion; feeling
Different forms of music convey different kinds of sentiment.
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Sentimentality

The quality or condition of being sentimental, especially excessively or extravagantly so.
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Sentiment

Tender or romantic feeling
Felt strong sentiment for each other.
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Sentimentality

A sentimental idea or an expression of it.
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Sentiment

Maudlin emotion; sentimentality
"He called her 'beloved madame,' and many other endearments, delivered with gallant mushiness, irony damascened with sentiment" (Robert D. Richardson).
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Sentimentality

An act or state of being sentimental.
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Sentiment

The thought or emotion that underlies a remark or gesture
The child's gift was ridiculous, but the sentiment behind it moved the mother to tears.
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Sentimentality

The quality or state of being sentimental.
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Sentiment

The expression of delicate and sensitive feeling, especially in art and literature.
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Sentimentality

Falsely emotional in a maudlin way
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Sentiment

A general thought, feeling, or sense.
The sentiment emerged that we were acting too soon.
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Sentimentality

Extravagant or affected feeling or emotion
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Sentiment

(uncountable) Feelings, especially tender feelings, as apart from reason or judgment, or of a weak or foolish kind.
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Sentiment

A thought prompted by passion or feeling; a state of mind in view of some subject; feeling toward or respecting some person or thing; disposition prompting to action or expression.
The word sentiment, agreeably to the use made of it by our best English writers, expresses, in my own opinion very happily, those complex determinations of the mind which result from the coöperation of our rational powers and of our moral feelings.
Alike to council or the assembly came,With equal souls and sentiments the same.
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Sentiment

Hence, generally, a decision of the mind formed by deliberation or reasoning; thought; opinion; notion; judgment; as, to express one's sentiments on a subject.
Sentiments of philosophers about the perception of external objects.
Sentiment, as here and elsewhere employed by Reid in the meaning of opinion (sententia), is not to be imitated.
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Sentiment

A sentence, or passage, considered as the expression of a thought; a maxim; a saying; a toast.
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Sentiment

Sensibility; feeling; tender susceptibility.
Mr. Hume sometimes employs (after the manner of the French metaphysicians) sentiment as synonymous with feeling; a use of the word quite unprecedented in our tongue.
Less of sentiment than sense.
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Sentiment

Tender, romantic, or nostalgic feeling or emotion
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Sentiment

A personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty;
My opinion differs from yours
What are your thoughts on Haiti?
May 01, 2022

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