Pronunciation: (i-mō'shu-nl-iz'um), [key]
1. excessively emotional character: the emotionalism of sentimental fiction.
2. strong or excessive appeal to the emotions: the emotionalism of patriotic propaganda.
3. a tendency to display or respond with undue emotion, esp. morbid emotion.
4. unwarranted expression or display of emotion.
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