le·​git·​i·​mize | \ li-ˈji-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce legitimize (audio) \
legitimized; legitimizing

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legitimization \ li-​ˌji-​tə-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce legitimization (audio) \ noun
legitimizer \ li-​ˈji-​tə-​ˌmī-​zər How to pronounce legitimizer (audio) \ noun

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That’s the vote that would legitimize these shameful tactics and guarantee similar gruesome treatment for future nominees. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Kavanaugh: An Easy Vote," 4 Oct. 2018 In Constantinople, the spiritual headquarters of Eastern Christendom, the seventh-century church was still frantically trying to ban the Bacchanalian festivities that legitimized cross-dressing, mask-wearing and Bacchic adulation. Bettany Hughes, New York Times, "How Christians Destroyed the Ancient World," 8 June 2018 As Talmudic scholar Rabbi Pinchas Allouche explained to Planet Money, the Talmud explicitly specifies that signatures are required to legitimize a contract. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Why are we still signing credit card receipts?," 5 Dec. 2018 The volcano topped with a deep crater lake is at the heart of North Korea's foundation mythology used to legitimize the Kim family's dynastic rule. Fox News, "The Latest: Trump welcomes 'tremendous progress' with NKorea," 19 Sep. 2018 Sports betting will be legitimized, in your face, even encouraged. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Proceed Carefully, But Connecticut Is Ready For Sports Betting," 14 May 2018 An Oscar would just be a legitimizing sign that their efforts have been worthwhile. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "The company’s ongoing bid for awards legitimacy is a terrific boon for its subscribers," 3 Dec. 2018 Objectifying women in this manner perpetuates rape culture and legitimizes the misguided belief that women must always dress and behave a certain way to gain respect. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "People Are Shaming Alyssa Milano for Her Dress at the Kavanaugh Hearing," 28 Sep. 2018 Instead, the very act of exposure, combined with stories that unwittingly framed extremism as a victimless novelty, legitimized and empowered an otherwise fringe perspective. Miranda Katz, WIRED, "How the Media Helped Legitimize Extremism," 25 May 2018

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transitive verb
le·​git·​i·​mize | \ lə-ˈji-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce legitimize (audio) \
legitimized; legitimizing

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