glamorize

verb
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 glamorize (audio) \ noun
glamorizer \ ˈgla-​mə-​ˌrī-​zər How to pronounce glamorize (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 Tobacco companies are attempting to glamorize these products, experts told ABC News. Dr. Chidimma J. Acholonu, ABC News, 27 July 2021 All of these songs glamorize and justify cybercrime. Oludayo Tade, Quartz, 12 May 2021 For burgeoning South Asian instructors who don’t glamorize their practice for clicks, that’s not always a possibility. NBC News, 13 Apr. 2021 The concern was that the series might improperly glamorize them. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 18 Mar. 2021 Part of its contemporary effect has been to destigmatize, and even glamorize, sobriety, which is proudly practiced by celebrities from Bradley Cooper to Chrissy Teigen. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2021 Here, our four favorite new products that use sharp design and cutting-edge technology to speed up, shrink down or even glamorize composting at home. Jordan G. Teicher, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2021 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, EW.com, 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, 4 Mar. 2020

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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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3 Aug 2021

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“Glamorize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glamorize. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for glamorize

glamorize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of glamorize

: to make (something) seem exciting and attractive

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