Definition of romanticize in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /rōˈman(t)əˌsīz/


[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 nonindustrial 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.
romanticize, idealize, paint a rosy picture of



Pronunciation: /rōˌmantəsəˈzāSHən/ /rə-/
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.
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.