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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Millennials do not romanticize Fidel Castro; on the contrary, most of them don’t care who Fidel Castro was. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: How blue states are attracting millennials," 10 Sep. 2019 Communities have a tendency to romanticize the past — the golden age, the glory days. Wallace Baine,, "What’s next for the Esalen Institute?," 5 Sep. 2019 But the partnership is unequal, and Zoabi is careful not to romanticize things. Nora Mcgreevy,, "In ‘Tel Aviv on Fire,’ soap opera meets Middle Eastern politics," 15 Aug. 2019 It is romanticized onscreen in shows like Mad Men, even given a certain glamour, an allure. Joel Lewin, Quartz, "There’s no such thing as a “functioning alcoholic”," 5 Sep. 2019 Although not a Confederate veteran himself, Griffith’s Birth of A Nation did more than any other production to romanticize the rebel cause and the Ku Klux Klan that emerged from it. Kevin Waite, The New Republic, "California’s Forgotten Confederate History," 19 Aug. 2019 It was also designed at a time when eastern aesthetics were romanticized, so images of Asian deities are prominent throughout the building. Fox News, "Forgotten America: One of the original Loews Theatres gave New Yorkers an escape during the Great Depression," 19 June 2018 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

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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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