glam·​or·​ize | \ ˈgla-mə-ˌrīz How to pronounce glamorize (audio) \
variants: or less commonly glamourize
glamorized; glamorizing

Definition of glamorize

transitive verb

1 : to look upon or depict as glamorous : romanticize the novel glamorizes war
2 : to make glamorous glamorize the living room

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Other Words from glamorize

glamorization \ ˌgla-​mə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce glamorization (audio) \ noun
glamorizer \ ˈgla-​mə-​ˌrī-​zər How to pronounce glamorizer (audio) \ noun

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Examples of glamorize in a Sentence

The movie was criticized for glamorizing crime and violence. a novel that glamorizes war
Recent Examples on the Web The Rules of the Game (1939) While Hollywood in the late 1930s often glamorized life, this Jean Renoir film proved a searing commentary on the callousness of the European upper classes. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "How Criterion Channel can give you the perfect film-school education in quarantine," 17 Apr. 2020 The film makes unusually expressive use of costumes without glamorizing its stars: each protagonist appears in a single, simple dress for the majority of the film. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” Is More Than a “Manifesto on the Female Gaze”," 4 Mar. 2020 My experience with eating disorders has involved a lot of extreme dieting that has been not just misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, but also glamorized. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Important Reminder: Anyone Can Have an Eating Disorder," 27 Feb. 2020 The Cost of Thatcherism James Wood’s assessment of Margaret Thatcher is remarkable for its refusal to glamorize her legacy (Books, December 2nd). The New Yorker, "The Mail," 12 Dec. 2019 But war, advertising, and Hollywood has helped to broaden, professionalize, and glamorize smoking’s appeal. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, "How War Made the Cigarette," 25 Sep. 2019 Social media and shows such as 13 Reasons Why and Black Mirror have opened new debates on suicide, whether they are accused of glamorizing it or hailed for condemning society and governments for lack of care and support. Simon Harold Walker, Time, "If We Want to Address the Crisis of Veteran Suicide, We Must Acknowledge Its History," 6 Sep. 2019 Guns are glamorized and fetishized in ways that are disturbing. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "Q&A with Stephen Hunter, Author of the New Bob Lee Swagger Novel," 2 Jan. 2020 Monochrome—like the mausoleum-gray former Berlin Wall, which kids in West Berlin glamorized with graffiti. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Art of Dying," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of glamorize

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glamorize

glamour + -ize

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The first known use of glamorize was in 1936

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“Glamorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of glamorize

: to make (something) seem exciting and attractive

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