romanticize

verb
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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Other Words from romanticize

romanticization \ rō-​ˌman-​tə-​sə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce romanticization (audio) , rə-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for romanticize

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

deglamorize

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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 Astros’ and Cubs’ transformation from bottom-dwellers to World Series champions romanticizes the approach, but there are plenty of other teams that failed to hit pay dirt. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Like it or not, the Mariners had to trade James Paxton," 19 Nov. 2018 The short war myth has also romanticized, whitewashed, and masculinized Civil War history. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "‘Looming Civil War’ Review: Anticipating the Apocalypse," 2 Oct. 2018 Not a Cell Phone in Sight Jokesters of the internet mocked people who romanticized the days before cellphones and social media with this hilarious trend. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "22 Memes That Made 2018 Less Horrible," 17 Dec. 2018 Think piece after think piece by turn celebrated Twilight’s cultural dominance, mocked its shimmery vampire mythology, and feared the effects that romanticizing its tortured, dysfunctional love story might have on its teen readers. Constance Grady, Vox, "Reckoning with Twilight, 10 years later," 21 Nov. 2018 That humanizing effort comes without romanticizing that some motorcycle clubs are linked to a dangerous world, the creators said. Russell Contreras, Fox News, "'Sons of Anarchy' spinoff 'Mayans M.C.' tackles border world," 30 Aug. 2018 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, latimes.com, "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

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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

verb

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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