AskDefine | Define tearjerker

Dictionary Definition

tearjerker n : an excessively sentimental narrative

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Noun

tearjerker (plural: tearjerkers)
  1. A sad or emotionally charged broadcast, film, movie, play, song, or story, sometimes exceeding the limits of necessity and/or believability.

Extensive Definition

tearjerker in German: Schnulze
tearjerker in Dutch: Smartlap

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bathos, bleeding heart, cloyingness, goo, hearts-and-flowers, maudlinness, mawkishness, mush, mushiness, namby-pamby, namby-pambyism, namby-pambyness, nostalgia, nostomania, oversentimentalism, oversentimentality, romanticism, sentiment, sentimentalism, sentimentality, slop, sloppiness, slush, soap opera, sob story, sweetness and light
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