ro·​man·​ti·​cize | \rō-ˈman-tə-ˌsīz, 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, 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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The image of the white cowboy reproduces and romanticizes the mythic iconography of settler colonialism and white supremacy. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "National Geographic’s November cover falls back on a racist cliché," 1 Nov. 2018 Drugs and alcohol have been romanticized and vilified, shattering the glamorous and unheralded alike, cautionary tales with echoes of the familiar, leading to the glimmer of recovery or the demise of our better angels. Jeffrey Fleishman,, "Director Gus Van Sant continues his longtime exploration of addiction and recovery with 'Don’t Worry'," 6 July 2018 The Fallows are careful not to romanticize the experience of Mr. Zkrit’s family in the US. Noble Ingram, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Our Towns' finds optimism in America's smaller cities," 12 June 2018 So are some people who romanticize a world of unlimited racial choices. John Blake, CNN, "The blurring of racial lines won't save America. Why 'racial fluidity' is a con," 11 June 2018 One way to do that is to stop romanticizing Native culture. Jayme Moye, Outside Online, "Jaylyn Gough Asks: Whose Land Are You Exploring?," 31 May 2018 Eighty-eight percent tout treatments and only 18% mention screening, even though early diagnosis is more critical to survival than the interventions romanticized on TV. Steve Salerno, WSJ, "In the War on Cancer, Truth Becomes a Casualty," 20 Apr. 2018 As more players accept one extreme as the cost of another, a game long romanticized for its slow and subtle action has become, in large part, one of high panic and big payoffs—a kind of nightly crapshoot. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "The Yankees’ Biggest Strength May Be Its Greatest Weakness," 10 Apr. 2018 While the messaging about princesses has changed over the years to one that's more about female empowerment and less about a prince whisking a lady off into the sunset, being royalty is romanticized from an early age in American pop culture. Stephanie Elam, CNN, "Why Americans are obsessed with the British royal family," 29 Mar. 2018

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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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