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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
In the minds of many Americans, Trump plays something like the Cohn character Trump lionizes in The Art of the Deal.
There is something cheesy yet stirringly genuine about the way War lionizes its main character, making him both noble and relatable.
Looking into the actual background of a person who was lionized as Elian’s surrogate mother was a very delicate task,’’ Seibel recalled.
While the decade is often associated with mob violence, economic demise and a dramatic drop in the city's population - 23.6% -- the 1970s also spawned a wave of bands that are lionized around the world.
The city has been lionized for decades by some economists as the closest thing to a free economy, with few regulations of any kind, and no retail sales or capital gains taxes.
Wydra and other liberals are lionizing Kennedy and his legacy in the media.
While Comey is now positioned for history to remember him as the cop who took down Trump, or tried to at great professional expense, there should be wariness about lionizing Comey in the way the news media have in recent days.
Today, Kennedy is lionized by the left as a liberal giant.
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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.
First Known Use of lionize
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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