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Examples of lionize in a Sentence
She was lionized everywhere after her novel won the Pulitzer Prize.
Recent Examples of lionize from the Web
The airline didn’t, and for a week Cagle was propelled into the national discourse: Hated by some, lionized by others.
If Hannah was lionized in Season 1, both via her own narration and the way she was adored by her grieving friend Clay, Season 2 wants to complicate the narrative.
D’Antoni lionizes his ballhandlers, and as Stoudemire would attest, abuses his big men.
The best riders were featured on cigarette packs and buttons and lionized in bike ad posters.
As for why Democrats, and some in Hollywood, are lionizing Kennedy?
But this romanticized view of teaching actually lionizes and devalues it at the same time.
In fact, as Doolittle points out, male reporters are often lionized when their stories are made into movies.
An obsequious foodie mash note masquerading as a documentary, Koki Shigeno’s film lionizes the humble noodle soup and Osamu Tomita, four-time winner of the best ramen in Japan.
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Did You Know?
The lion is traditionally regarded as the king of beasts, and perhaps rightly so - the lion is brave, stately, and quite often ferocious. Those qualities that earn the lion respect from other creatures were probably in people's minds when, in the 18th century, lion came to be used for a person who is similarly well-regarded, especially after a long and distinguished career in a particular field. A veteran lawmaker might be considered one of the lions of the Senate; a literary lion has enjoyed a long career as a successful writer. This sense of lion forms the basis of lionize, which first appeared in English in the early 19th century.
LIONIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lionize for English Language Learners
: to treat (someone) as a very important and famous person
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