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sentimentalism

noun [U]     /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.Feelings - general words sentimentalist     /-ɪst/ noun [C] sentimentalize disapproving (UK usually sentimentalise)     /-ˈmen.təl.aɪz/ US  /-ˈmen.t̬ə.laɪz/ verb [T] Her book sentimentalizes parenthood and completely ignores the disadvantages of it.Exaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding
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