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

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 Political consultant/producer Andy Cohen has glamorized the catfight — a step down from Clare Boothe Luce’s The Women. Armond White, National Review, 22 May 2024 There is arguably no other destination that evokes such a fantasy, having been glamorized in films like The Talented Mr. Ripley and waxed on poetically by authors like John Steinbeck. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 1 May 2024 Here, though, Putin is given way more than his due: glamorized as a shy, upstanding mayor corrupted by Berezovsky and his plutocratic ilk. Jesse Green, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2024 Nostalgia seems harmless enough, and then someone starts earnestly — absurdly — glamorizing the Stone Age. Amanda Montell, Twin Cities, 21 Apr. 2024 Others are reading:John Williams becomes oldest Oscars nominee for ‘Indiana Jones,’ could become oldest winner The Oscars, often glamorized in society, are distinguished by bright lights, the red carpet, shiny awards, fancy dresses, etc. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 29 Feb. 2024 The love triangle comes to seem more tedious than tantalizing because of how staunchly this particular camera, which wrings transcendent compositions out of bolts and steel beams and mousetraps and blood, refuses to glamorize its very-good-looking principals. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024 Williams also glamorized with diamond earrings, a mauve lip and rosy cheeks. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 5 Mar. 2024 And, per their sentencing memorandum, it has been glamorized by rappers as a way for young people to get high. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 17 Jan. 2024

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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

Dictionary Entries Near glamorize

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“Glamorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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