overidealize

verb
over·​ide·​al·​ize | \ ˌō-vər-ī-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌlīz How to pronounce overidealize (audio) \
overidealized; overidealizing

Definition of overidealize

transitive verb

: to attribute unrealistically ideal characteristics to (something or someone) tended to overidealize his mother overidealizing the past … the documentary … focuses on creating a complete picture of the sometimes overidealized author to show her for the complicated woman she was.— Karen Shade

First Known Use of overidealize

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Overidealize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overidealize. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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