fic·​tion·​al·​ize | \ ˈfik-shnə-ˌlīz How to pronounce fictionalize (audio) , -shə-nə-ˌlīz \
fictionalized; fictionalizing

Definition of fictionalize

transitive verb

: to make into or treat in the manner of fiction fictionalize a biography

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fictionalization \ ˌfik-​shnə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce fictionalize (audio) , -​shə-​nə-​lə-​ \ noun

Examples of fictionalize in a Sentence

The book is a fictionalized account of their travels. Her books are based in fact, but she fictionalizes many of the events.
Recent Examples on the Web Shiryaev’s enhancements fictionalize certain aspects of a scene that are unknowable a century after the film was shot. Matt Simon, Wired, 12 Aug. 2020 Is fictionalizing certain elements of your life in the stories in Screen Tests a way of complicating this? Tobias Carroll, Longreads, 25 July 2019 Johnson has been fictionalized before, but this time, viewers see an older version after a decade behind bars for drug conspiracy. CBS News, 28 Sep. 2019 A century later, Albinati has fictionalized the crime his classmates committed and elaborated on it in the language of broad-brush cultural criticism. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 19 Aug. 2019 The story in Friday’s Eagle by Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News, a story marred by a number of factual errors, did at least reveal clearly that Jim Bouton’s instinct for self-pity and tendency to fictionalize history is still intact. Tom Hoffarth,, 14 July 2019 In turn, Time magazine (which, like Life, was owned by Time Inc.), accused O Cruzeiro of fictionalizing its New York images. Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2019 The filmmaker, Joe Talbot, fictionalized a very real problem. Collier Meyerson, WIRED, 6 June 2019 But the disclaimer implies that the film is essentially true, whereas all biopics are fictionalized, usually to a high degree. Terry Teachout, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of fictionalize

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fictionalize

fictional + -ize

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The first known use of fictionalize was in 1918

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“Fictionalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fictionalize

: to change (a true story) into fiction by changing or adding details


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