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Examples of lionize in a Sentence
She was lionized everywhere after her novel won the Pulitzer Prize.
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And yet the Trump administration has constantly and repeatedly fallen all over themselves to lionize the confederacy and its heroes.
Last week’s item lionizing a priest who confessed to once being in the KKK after being prompted by Charlottesville needs, well, amplification.
Civilians were forced, on penalty of death, to move into these encampments, and within a year the island held tens of thousands of dead or dying reconcentrados, who were lionized as martyrs in U.S. newspapers.
With many in the Resistance eager to lionize anyone who takes even a minor stand against Donald Trump, Mark Felt is an inadvertent argument in favor of more rigorous and demanding interpretations of history.
But controversy ultimately saved him by lionizing the jurist as a hero for evangelicals everywhere.
He is lionized as Martin Luther King Jr. rather than portrayed as a confused young man of so-so talent, pampered by a multimillion-dollar salary.
Unlike The Civil War, which lionized Robert E. Lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest, The Vietnam War largely resists making heroes out of anyone other than ordinary men (and sometimes women).
In Tokyo there's an entire subculture obsessed with the tobi pant—wearing, collecting, and lionizing this garment out of respect and admiration for construction workers.
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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.
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