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idealize

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Pronunciation: /ʌɪˈdɪəlʌɪz
 
, -ˈdiːə-/
(also idealise)

Definition of idealize in English:

verb

[with object] (often as adjective idealized)
Regard or represent as perfect or better than in reality: Helen’s idealized accounts of their life together
More example sentences
  • Naturalism was one aspect of the wider artifice that expressed the known and unknown world through enhanced, idealized reality.
  • The film is narrated collectively by a group of neighborhood boys, now older, who idolized and idealized the five girls.
  • On the one hand, there are idealized good men like her father and Palmer.
Synonyms
romanticize, romance, be unrealistic about, look at something through rose-tinted/rose-coloured spectacles, paint a rosy picture of, glamorize;

Derivatives

idealization

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • Each of these individuals incarnated certain character traits which made them suitable for mass idealisation and adoration.
  • As a study of the numerous idealizations of the feminine in a variety of artistic and cultural traditions, 8 1/2 Women may represent Peter Greenaway's most inspired filmmaking in years.
  • I have some 350 photos to help keep the boundaries of experience in place, but sooner or later even those memories will be co-opted by generalization, selective amnesia and, of course, idealizations both good and bad.

idealizer

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Orwell was indeed unsociable, anti-feminist and homophobic, but only ambiguously anti-Semitic, and by no means such a dewy-eyed idealiser of the plebs as some have imagined.

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