sen·ti·men·tal·ness – sen-tuh-men-tl-ness noun
1: the state or condition of being sentimental (marked by feeling or emotional idealism) specifically not to excess, but to precisely the right amount to make a woman (or man…do they?) swoon.
2: the state or condition of being “mental” because one has been marked by too many incongruous feelings or an exaggerated case of emotional idealism or feeling. (This one I also prefer to pronounce sen-tee-men-tl-ness)
Her lover’s sentimentalness was evident not only in the exquisite letters he composed to her, but also in the happy glow on her face. (1)
A crazy work week, a blown out tire, PMS, and an ornery child contributed to my sentimentalness. (2)
*This one is not an original of mine, but one a good friend made up while we were swapping life stories. It has since morphed into a word we both might use, with the two meanings above.
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