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

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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 With the second season of Netflix's '13 Reasons Why' releasing soon, medical experts are still concerned that the series glamorizes suicide. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "'13 Reasons Why' cuts controversial suicide scene following backlash," 16 July 2019 This is not a series that glamorizes drug abuse in any way, shape or form. Susan Hornik,, "About the other night: Zendaya, Storm Reid, Drake take in HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ premiere," 6 June 2019 In Hollywood,Quentin Tarantino's glamorized alternate history of the 1960s movie industry—all while finishing up college. Vogue, "Your Favorite TV Dramas All Have One Thing in Common: Sydney Sweeney," 5 Aug. 2019 Chance is right that pop often glamorizes hookups, but the truth is that the superstar tier has been downright domestic lately. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Chance the Rapper Wants You to Get Married," 30 July 2019 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

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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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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of glamorize was in 1936

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English Language Learners Definition of glamorize

: to make (something) seem exciting and attractive

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