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 fictionalization (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.

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But the disclaimer implies that the film is essentially true, whereas all biopics are fictionalized, usually to a high degree. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "What’s Wrong With ‘Green Book’?," 27 Dec. 2018 Yet the star of Susanna Nicchiarelli’s freely fictionalized biopic, Trine Dyrholm, finds fierce beauty in the woman Nico has become. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Nico, 1988’ Review: Heroin and Heroine," 2 Aug. 2018 Does fictionalizing these feelings serve as a sort of bridge? Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "In Melissa Broder’s The Pisces, a Darkly Erotic Love Story Between a Woman and a Merman," 1 May 2018 Edwidge Danticat fictionalizes this massacre in her dazzling 1998 novel The Farming of Bones. Longreads, "Kara Walker’s Subtlety," 28 Feb. 2018 Neveu has dramatized and fictionalized the story, placing a mentally disabled man, named Terry Kilbourn in the play, and his family at its center. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Botched ATF sting in Milwaukee inspires 'To Catch a Fish,' a new play in Chicago," 15 May 2018 Episode by episode, the show would document (and fictionalize) the downfalls of men in power in Hollywood. Rebecca Farley,, "What Do You Get When You Combine #MeToo & Black Mirror? A New Ryan Murphy Show," 7 May 2018 In the 1950s, the game show Twenty One was discovered to be rigged, resulting in a lengthy and public fallout that went all the way to Congress and was fictionalized in the 1994 movie Quiz Show. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "How To Write a Jeopardy Clue," 19 Mar. 2018 And while the show’s Milwaukee Space Station is fictionalized, references to Milwaukee’s City Hall, the Allen-Bradley clock tower and the Wisconsin Gas Building are not. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skylight's 'Zombies' a soaring sendup of sexless '50s," 3 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of fictionalize

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

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