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 The notion of fall in New England and old money and that whole world is easy to romanticize, so giving it this big, huge bear hug in this movie was fun. John Wenzel, The Know, "Director Rian Johnson on juggling “Knives Out,” following “The Last Jedi,” and more," 1 Dec. 2019 In the 19th century, writers started re-examining witch trials and romanticizing the accused. Nara Schoenberg,, "Chicago’s witches: A craving for magic and meaning drives millennials to spells, potions and rituals," 24 Oct. 2019 The real Mafia was a criminal enterprise that trafficked in human misery, and there’s absolutely no reason to romanticize such things. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Criminal Charisma," 12 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of romanticize

1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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7 Dec 2019

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“Romanticize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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