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

Synonyms & Antonyms for glamorize


glamour (up), glorify, idealize, romanticize



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Examples of glamorize in a Sentence

The movie was criticized for glamorizing crime and violence. a novel that glamorizes war

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Jaguar has often used racing both to improve its road cars and to glamorize them. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "What’s it like to race a Jaguar I-Pace electric car?," 20 June 2019 Remember, Hunter Thompson had glamorized the Angels in his books. Leah Garchik,, "With the new name for the ‘hood, we’re thriving as well as we can," 10 June 2019 And while the trailer teases plenty of fun and shenanigans, Kiwi and the rest of the team were mindful about not glamorizing shoplifting. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's "Trinkets" Releases First Trailer for YA Drama About Shoplifting and Friendship," 30 May 2019 Progressive women see their intellectual and political leaders glamorized in glossy magazine photo spreads and celebrated on daytime TV talk shows. Carrie Lukas, WSJ, "Check Your Progressive Privilege," 12 Dec. 2018 According to a new study, people who regularly watch shows that glamorize wealth, fame and luxury could be less sympathetic to social causes that help low-income people or people experiencing poverty. Erica Sweeney, Teen Vogue, "Wealth on TV Could Change Attitudes Toward Low-Income People, Study Finds," 6 Aug. 2018 Films glamorize heroes who don’t feel anything but anger or fear — and who then find ways to make the anger dominant. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Daredevil’s ‘suffering makes a man’ trope is common, familiar, and bad for everyone," 24 Oct. 2018 With the help of local stylists like Stas Soulkeeper, Nastya Gutnik, and Venya Brykalin, the photographer glamorized provincial ’90s motifs. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How One Ukrainian Photographer Is Redefining Commuter Style," 5 Sep. 2018 The most obvious result of glamorizing and exaggerating men’s imperviousness to pain is that men who suffer feel like they are supposed to endure it without complaint. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Daredevil’s ‘suffering makes a man’ trope is common, familiar, and bad for everyone," 24 Oct. 2018

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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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glamour boy

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English Language Learners Definition of glamorize

: to make (something) seem exciting and attractive

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