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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But Grossman’s central preoccupation remained freedom, romanticizing what had been so frequently denied to him. Aaron Lake Smith, Harper's magazine, "The Trials of Vasily Grossman," 24 June 2019 Her essay about the real, nonglamorous work of farming is a must-read for anyone who has romanticized the pursuit., "Our favorite cookbooks of 2019, so far," 21 June 2019 In The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Joe Talbot’s odd and wonderful debut film, two young black men, best friends and natives of that often romanticized yet deeply complicated city, take a semi-dilapidated Victorian house under their wing. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Last Black Man in San Francisco Shows a City in Flux," 6 June 2019 At the same time, Patel romanticizes her services to the advancement of her own ends. Nora Caplan-bricker, The New Republic, "Choose Your Own Family," 4 June 2019 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

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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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characterized by aphorism

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