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

transitive verb

: to look upon or depict as glamorous : romanticize
the novel glamorizes war
: to make glamorous
glamorize the living room
glamorization noun
glamorizer noun

Example Sentences

The movie was criticized for glamorizing crime and violence. a novel that glamorizes war
Recent Examples on the Web Others complained that the pictures seemed to glamorize war. Tiffany Ap, Quartz, 29 July 2022 Many nutritionists, journalists, and body-positive activists worry that Kardashian’s crash diet might inadvertently glamorize unhealthy weight loss. Laken Brooks, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Producers make an effort not to glamorize violence on the show. Janaya Wecker, Town & Country, 10 June 2022 Our goal is not to glamorize it, but to try and humanize it. Kristen Baldwin,, 1 June 2022 The restaurant's original owner, Peppino Leoni, was among the first to glamorize Italian cooking. Janelle Davis, CNN, 22 May 2022 And headlines swirling around the internet about her weight loss helped to glamorize the speedy transformation. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 All humans have a tendency to glamorize their own genesis stories, right? John Detrixhe, Quartz, 2 Dec. 2021 There’s a tendency to glamorize war that Will rejects, but also to elevate the average over the uncommon. John Tamny, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


glamour + -ize

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of glamorize was in 1936

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Cite this Entry

“Glamorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


variants also glamourize
glamorized; glamorizing
: to make glamorous
: to present so as to seem glamorous
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