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

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

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 The choice to fictionalize Schlosser's journalism robs the story of its true impact by muddying the factual waters. Brian Smolensky,, 13 Dec. 2022 Noomin waited years after her losses before writing about them, and the conflict between wanting to fictionalize her story and to tell it honestly is dramatized through conversations with an alter ego. Agatha French, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2022 To turn that story into a feature film required Wilson-Cairns and Lindholm to fictionalize certain aspects and change some details. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2022 The show, which premieres Wednesday on Freeform, is a decent little sitcom that finds an effective way to frame and fictionalize its star, writes television critic Robert Lloyd. Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 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 See More

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Word History


fictional + -ize

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fictionalize was in 1918

Dictionary Entries Near fictionalize

Cite this Entry

“Fictionalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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fic·​tion·​al·​ize ˈfik-shnə-līz How to pronounce fictionalize (audio)
fictionalized; fictionalizing
: to make into fiction
fictionalize a biography
fictionalization noun
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