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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To use that tag, however, risks glamorizing this gritty pair. George Ramsay, CNN, "Everest deaths: 'Corners are being massively cut'," 24 June 2019 As for why, some experts say these depictions can normalize tobacco use -- or even glamorize it. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Netflix to cut back on smoking after 'Stranger Things' criticism," 5 July 2019 While some businesses glamorize routine jobs with over-the-top titles, others oversell the level of responsibility and opportunity for promotion or soft-pedal the amount of hours and dreary tasks required. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Talent dogfight: Rock stars, heroes and broken promises as job openings near record," 1 July 2019 Industry and government safe-driving propaganda and public school driver education unintentionally glamorized the gore. Dan Albert, Vox, "Driverless cars are coming. We’ll miss the thrill of the ride.," 21 June 2019 But the cover provided to the boots on the ground by naval vessels hasn't been quite as glamorized. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "75 years later: See how the battleship Texas played a key role in the D-Day invasion of France," 6 June 2019 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of glamorize

: to make (something) seem exciting and attractive

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