ro·​man·​ti·​cize | \ rō-ˈman-tə-ˌsīz How to pronounce romanticize (audio) , rə- \
romanticized; romanticizing

Definition of romanticize

transitive verb

: to make romantic : treat as idealized or heroic romanticize the past

intransitive verb

1 : to hold romantic ideas
2 : to present details, incidents, or people in a romantic way

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romanticization \ rō-​ˌman-​tə-​sə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce romanticize (audio) , rə-​ \ noun

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Examples of romanticize in a Sentence

He has romanticized notions of army life. a romanticized view of politics We were romanticizing about the past.
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Recent Examples on the Web Ashley James challenges historical accounts that cast out Black suffragettes, commercialize liberation, and romanticize slavery in Off The Record, her first show at the Guggenheim Museum. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Ashley James Wants Us To Look 'Off The Record'," 21 Apr. 2021 According to Law, goal of the shoot is to normalize and romanticize Black affluence. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Zendaya Has the Cutest Honey Blonde Lob On Her New W Magazine Cover," 15 Mar. 2021 In celebrating unsung heroes of history, two new movies overly romanticize the past. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "How The Dig and Ammonite Fetishize British-ness," 27 Jan. 2021 In refusing to romanticize the landscape or the piracy that takes place upon it, Frank's book suggests that perhaps what diamonds are forever really means is that so is avarice. Kathleen Rooney, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Flight of the Diamond Smugglers,' by Matthew Gavin Frank," 19 Feb. 2021 Cooper refuses to romanticize the era or soft-pedal its brutality. Jason Bailey, New York Times, "The 10 Best Titles Leaving Netflix This Month," 1 Feb. 2021 Put simply, the revisionist Western steers away from, or plays against, formula, refusing to romanticize the Old West or depict it as a place with clear good guys and bad guys. Keith Phipps, Vulture, "The 50 Greatest Western Movies of All Time," 18 Jan. 2021 My advice is this: Don’t romanticize entrepreneurship. Jeremy Henrickson, Quartz at Work, "So your startup didn’t survive 2020. Five founders weigh in on what to do next," 13 Jan. 2021 The book’s strengths come from the power of London’s writing, which could romanticize both the land and the people of the North in ways that have forever defined our understanding of the Gold Rush era. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "New edition of ‘Burning Daylight’ brings both Jack London’s impressive craft and deep shortcomings into focus," 21 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of romanticize

1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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1 May 2021

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“Romanticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of romanticize

: to think about or describe something as being better or more attractive or interesting than it really is : to show, describe, or think about something in a romantic way

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