glam·​or·​ize | \ˈgla-mə-ˌrīz \
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 \ noun
glamorizer \ˈgla-​mə-​ˌrī-​zər \ 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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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 The Handmaid’s Tale isn’t glamorizing atrocities against women, exactly, or sanitizing them in the way that Game of Thrones or other prestige dramas might sanitize rape. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Handmaid's Tale and the Suffering of Women," 25 Apr. 2018 Focusing only on positive aspects of the deceased person’s life without mentioning their struggles can also glamorize suicide, according to the CDC. Amanda Gardner,, "What to Say–and What Not to Say–When You Talk About Suicide," 12 June 2018 Drill music is associated with lyrics which are about glamorizing series violence - murder, stabbings. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "YouTube Deletes 30 'Violent' Music Videos: Report," 29 May 2018 But probably none of the Depression-era gangsters were as famous -- or as glamorized - as Bonnie and Floyd. Melinda Morris,, "84 years ago May 23, Bonnie and Clyde met their doom, in Louisiana," 23 May 2018 Mental-health experts and suicide-prevention campaigners charged that the show glamorized Hannah’s suicide, presenting it as a revenge fantasy. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "13 Reasons Why Tries Again," 17 May 2018 The series, which focuses on a high school girl’s suicide, set off a firestorm of controversy after it was released last year, with many experts claiming the show glamorized teen suicide rather than spread awareness. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Suicide attempts increasing among American high school kids, study finds," 16 May 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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