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sentimentalism

noun [U] uk   /ˌsen.tɪˈmen.təl.ɪ.zəm/ us    /-t̬əˈmen.t̬əl-/ (also sentimentality) formal disapproving
being sentimental: Caring for animals is not sentimentality - it reinforces our respect for life.
sentimentalist
noun [C] uk   /-ɪst/ us  
sentimentalize
verb [T] uk disapproving (UK usually sentimentalise)   /-ˈmen.təl.aɪz/ us    /-ˈmen.t̬ə.laɪz/
Her book sentimentalizes parenthood and completely ignores the disadvantages of it.
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