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 romanticization (audio) , rə-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for romanticize


glamorize (also glamourize), glamour (up), glorify, idealize



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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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But all this austerity romanticizes an idea of deliberate focus long gone. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "I Tried to Limit My Screen Time," 5 Sep. 2019 Wilder romanticizes what could be a hard life and turns it into a life of hope, celebration, and simple pleasures, which is very touching. Elena Nicolaou,, "Little House, Big Fans: These People Really, Really Love Laura Ingalls Wilder," 24 Aug. 2019 This horrific depiction of the reality and cost of war should be required reading for those who romanticize warfare or send young people into harm. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "An amazing military career in elite forces brought to life by the warrior who lived it," 24 Aug. 2019 The 1907 monument was erected at a time when the South was being romanticized and slavery was de-emphasized. USA TODAY, "‘Stranger’ tourists, Phish and the plague, kinkajou attack: News from around our 50 states," 22 Aug. 2019 Our purpose is not to terrorize, inspire or romanticize. Lewis Beale, Los Angeles Times, "‘Chernobyl’ writer and director fear that humans are destined to repeat disasters," 19 Aug. 2019 But new audiotapes remind us that the Reagan many Americans romanticize was a very different person in the eyes of many black Americans. Eugene Scott, Twin Cities, "Eugene Scott: The new Reagan tapes are ugly, but not surprising, to a lot of black Americans," 2 Aug. 2019 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile arrives to Netflix on Friday, May 3, but prior to the film's release, some had expressed concern that the film might romanticize the murderer. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Believes the Spirits of Some of Ted Bundy’s Victims Visited Her," 2 May 2019 There's no doubt that Western films, with their tales of fearless cowboys, horse riding and homes on the range, have romanticized the classically American way of life—and for good reason. Jessica Dailey, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Guide to Infusing a Western-Chic Vibe Into Your Home," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of romanticize

1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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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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to spread over or through

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