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.
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, "AI Magic Makes Century-Old Films Look New," 12 Aug. 2020 Is fictionalizing certain elements of your life in the stories in Screen Tests a way of complicating this? Tobias Carroll, Longreads, "‘I Surprise Myself With This Refusal To Let Go’: Kate Zambreno on the ‘Ghostly Correspondence’," 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, "Forest Whitaker takes on the role of a complicated crime boss in "Godfather of Harlem"," 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, "Sex and Power in “The Catholic School”," 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,, "‘Ball Four’ author Jim Bouton smoked baseball inside until the very end," 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, "Flavio da Silva, photographed as a boy in Brazil’s favelas, on the images that outraged," 19 July 2019 The filmmaker, Joe Talbot, fictionalized a very real problem. Collier Meyerson, WIRED, "The Last Black Man Searches for ‘Authenticity’ but There Is None," 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, "What’s Wrong With ‘Green Book’?," 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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“Fictionalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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