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

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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 Benson says that time travel films tend to romanticize the past, focusing on manners and fashion rather than health care or social issues. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "In ‘Synchronic,’ Time Travel Is Anything but Nostalgic," 23 Oct. 2020 Even after the Castro regime became known for terrorizing its own people and sowing revolution throughout the hemisphere, socialist ideologues continued to romanticize the tyranny. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Florida and the Cuban Vote," 27 Sep. 2020 Having witnessed it in reality, Dickens was no longer able to romanticize pulmonary distress. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Personal History of David Copperfield and Emma Are Perfect Movies for a Pandemic," 16 Sep. 2020 That’s not to romanticize the pain and anger expressed by both Joseph and Sanchez, emotions that fuel their advocacy and work. Julissa Arce,, "No Matter What Happens To DACA, Our Joy Is Ours," 3 Sep. 2020 None of this is meant to romanticize the Tenderloin in its current state. Ryan Kost,, "Hope is alive in the Tenderloin: What the neighborhood needs now to reverse decades of neglect," 12 July 2020 Gazing at those numbers, people just aren’t in the mood to romanticize about Bumgarner, Ken Brett, Don Drysdale, Wes Ferrell or, come to think of it, Babe Ruth. Bruce Jenkins,, "Farewell MadBum ABs — universal DH may leap from experiment to permanence," 25 June 2020 Historians say transformations are often oversimplified and romanticized in collective memory. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Past crises brought change. What will this pandemic bring?," 21 May 2020 With roots in the 1873 founding of the North-West Mounted Police, the RCMP has been romanticized in Canada and beyond. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, "The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a beloved national icon, rocked by sexual abuse and harassment," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of romanticize

1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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27 Oct 2020

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“Romanticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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