Definition of romanticize in English:

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romanticize

Pronunciation: /rə(ʊ)ˈmantɪsʌɪz/
(also romanticise)

verb

[with object]
Deal with or describe in an idealized or unrealistic fashion; make (something) seem better or more appealing than it really is: the tendency to romanticize non-industrial societies [no object]: she was romanticizing about the past
More example sentences
  • It is important to continue to question these images, and construct alternatives which will rectify these negative portrayals without idealizing or romanticizing them.
  • There's certainly a tendency in history to romanticize the heroics of the past.
  • This is natural, of course; the tendency to romanticize relationships, the fear of being alone trumping truthful remembrances of paranoia and neuroticism, is one of the cuter things humans do.

Derivatives

romanticization

Pronunciation: /rə(ʊ)mantɪsʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • I ought to apologize to the younger me, who surely wasn't the geeky, eager innocent I just made him out to be, and who would have rolled his eyes at his older self's nostalgic romanticizations.
  • Having lived through it all, as a youth, no less, and therefore naturally given to romanticization and idealization, I can tell you this much: The future ain't all it's cracked up to be.
  • This romanticization of lawlessness is hardly innocuous.

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