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 But the larger question is whether entertainment productions glorify violence and romanticize drug lords. Karol Suárez, The Courier-Journal, 1 Dec. 2021 But the larger question is whether entertainment productions glorify violence and romanticize drug lords. Karol Suárez, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2021 Glasser doesn’t romanticize that an influx of vouchers will solve the Orlando area’s housing woes, where half of the region’s workforce makes below $17.59 an hour and the average rent has climbed to $1,509 a month. Caroline Glenn,, 10 Nov. 2021 Many couples romanticize the idea of road trips but fail to plan key details in advance and end up trapped in a toxic situation, says Chicago-area psychologist John Duffy, who has worked with van life couples. Faith Karimi, CNN, 25 Sep. 2021 On the show, Tony spoke of him in reverent tones, but Tony also had a tendency to romanticize the past. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 1 Oct. 2021 That's why many journalists, including Roach, have questioned our tendency to romanticize space travel and downplay the harsh realities and risks. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 25 Sep. 2021 In this case, that was the inaccurate appropriation of American Indian culture as part of a tendency to romanticize the American West. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, 19 Sep. 2021 And with that disavowal came a sense that to celebrate or romanticize home was even dangerous, a function of toxic exceptionalism. Henry Wismayer, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of romanticize

1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of romanticize was in 1818

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“Romanticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 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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