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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
This is the first major Hollywood film to lionize fandom itself as a noble and worthwhile pursuit, while addressing the sociological side effects that digital life has had, for better and for worse, on modern humanity.
The cartoonists were lionized for their fearlessness in the face of terror.
When Bruno emerged, he was lionized as a sort of Tarzan who fulfilled every white trope of the jungle man.
Roth nails the perverse nature of gun culture in America and includes commentary from radio hosts like Sway and Mancow who argue against lionizing the Grim Reaper, but all of that feels reverse-engineered after the fact.
Perhaps the museum, set to open in Aix-en-Provence in 2021 with 16,000 square feet of exhibition space and many pieces that have never before been exhibited, will help to lionize Jacqueline as a creative force in her own right.
China has a long tradition of lionizing figures who have suffered hardship but kept faith in their country and the Communist Party.
America's outlook on Indian life is by turns lionizing and loathing, honorific and ostracizing.
The president’s delusions enabled him to lionize himself at the expense of logic and reason, the author says.
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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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