overidealize

verb over·ide·al·ize \ ˌō-vər-ī-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌlīz \

Definition of overidealize

overidealized; overidealizing
: 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

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