rel·​a·​tiv·​ize ˈre-lə-tə-ˌvīz How to pronounce relativize (audio)
relativized; relativizing

transitive verb

: to treat or describe as relative

Examples of relativize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Supporters of conspiracy myths and opponents of the measures against the pandemic do not even shy away from relativizing the Holocaust. NBC News, 20 Feb. 2020 Such relativizing behavior affects even our most intimate relationships. Matt Ridley, WSJ, 15 Nov. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of relativize was in 1935

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“Relativize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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