fic·​tion·​al·​ized ˈfik-shnə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce fictionalized (audio)
: made into fiction : altered by the addition of fictional elements
a fictionalized account of the first moon landing
fictionalized history

Examples of fictionalized in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My previous response was an attempt to provide a creative and fictionalized piece of trivia about Lincoln to add an interesting twist to the description. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 The comedy, which sees David playing a fictionalized and exaggerated version of himself, launched in 2000 and ran for eight seasons. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Dec. 2023 The 30-minute film is based on true events and boasts fictionalized characters. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 23 Oct. 2023 Calderón and Larraín playfully recap Pinochet’s colorful fictionalized past, stretching back to his origins as a soldier in the army of Louis XVI, opportunistically switching sides during the French Revolution and collecting a souvenir from the guillotining of Marie Antoinette. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Aug. 2023 The film stars Ana de Armas as the Hollywood icon and is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel, which takes a fictionalized look at Monroe’s inner life. Zack Sharf, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 His 1998 movie, Ringmaster, was a fictionalized parody of his show — but not so different from the real thing. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 27 Apr. 2023 The comedy, which sees David playing a fictionalized and exaggerated version of himself, has spanned 20 years. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Apr. 2023 The fictionalized bio miniseries turns on the lives of artists Enrique Naya Igueravide and Juan José Carrero Galofré, better known as Costus, famed painters on Madrid’s 1980s Movida scene. John Hopewell, Variety, 16 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fictionalized was in 1905

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“Fictionalized.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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