Definition of lionize in English:

lionize

Syllabification: li·on·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈlīəˌnīz
 
/

verb

[with object]
Give a lot of public attention and approval to (someone); treat as a celebrity: modern athletes are lionized
More example sentences
  • Nehru eulogized him and lionized him as a great secularist and anti-feudal.
  • Nevertheless, he is a flamboyant showman, fond of electric blue suits, who once turned up on a motorbike to wild applause at the Cannes festival, where he is lionised.
  • He gets an evening devoted to lionizing him Thursday night by a group that considers itself progressive.
Synonyms
celebrate, fête, glorify, honor, exalt, acclaim, admire, praise, extol, applaud, hail, venerate, eulogize, overpraise
formal laud

Derivatives

lionization

Pronunciation: /ˌlīənəˈzāSHən/
noun
More example sentences
  • The type of flattery that has reached dangerous proportions today is the absurd adulation and lionization of movie stars and other celebrities.
  • He owed his eventual lionization to Seeger, who formed with him the Almanac Singers, which first brought his work to popular attention.
  • It was a lionization of the ‘good man,’ who quietly bears the burden for his neighbor.

lionizer

noun
More example sentences
  • Ever since his death in 1963, progressive lionisers of John have remembered the peace but ignored the obedience.
  • Yet he was also prepared to defend Rudyard Kipling, lioniser of colonial officers bent double beneath ‘The White Man's Burden’.

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