Sentimental vs Affectionate - What's the difference?

sentimental | affectionate |

As adjectives the difference between sentimental and affectionate

is that sentimental is characterized by sentiment, sentimentality or excess emotion while affectionate is (of a person) having affection or warm regard; loving; fond.

As a verb affectionate is

(rare) to show affection to; to have affection for.




(en adjective)
  • characterized by sentiment, sentimentality or excess emotion
  • derived from emotion rather than reason; of or caused by sentiment
  • romantic
  • Derived terms

    * sentimentalism * sentimentality * sentimentally


    * 1885 : , *: Are you in sentimental mood? *: I'll sigh with you. * 1944 : , *: Gonna take a Sentimental Journey, *: Gonna set my heart at ease. *: Gonna make a Sentimental Journey, *: to renew old memories.


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    Etymology 1

    Partly from (etyl) affectionatus, partly from affection + .


    (en adjective)
  • (of a person) Having affection or warm regard; loving; fond.
  • She eulogised her always warm and affectionate brother.
  • Characterised by or proceeding from affection; indicating love; tender.
  • the affectionate''' care of a parent; an '''affectionate''' countenance; an '''affectionate''' message; ' affectionate language
  • * 1900 , , The House Behind the Cedars , Chapter I,
  • Warwick left the undertaker's shop and retraced his steps until he had passed the lawyer's office, toward which he threw an affectionate glance.
    * tender; lovesome; attached; loving; devoted; warm; fond; earnest; ardent. * See also
    Derived terms
    * affectionately

    Etymology 2

    Either from the adjective, or from affection + (modelled on Middle French affectionner).


  • (rare) To show affection to; to have affection for.
  • (obsolete, reflexive) To emotionally attach (oneself) to.
  • *, Folio Society, 2006, p.21:
  • Plutarch saith fitly of those who affectionate themselves to Monkies and little Dogges, that.
  • * 1721 , John Rushworth, Historical Collections Of Private Passages of State, etc.: 1618—1629 , Volume 1, page 222,
  • And fir?t, his Maje?ty would have you to under?tand, That there was never any King more loving to his People, or better affectionated to the right u?e of Parliaments, than his Maje?ty hath approved him?elf to be,.
  • * 1838 February 1, (Charles Dickens), To Catherine Dickens'', 2012, Jenny Hartley (editor), ''The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens , page 41,
  • Ever my dear Kate your affectionated husband