Definition of romanticize in English:


(also romanticise)


[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’
    • ‘The older popular image of Canadian youth portrayed in historical dramas, for example, tended to romanticize the turn-of-the-century myth that situated white Canadians in a pristine, rural landscape.’
    • ‘I do not mean to romanticize the life of an at-home parent: many find it isolating and stressful.’
    • ‘He has been praised for the strength and command of his early and late nature poetry, for his ability to animate a landscape free of any romanticized sentimentality, and for the scope of his mythic enterprise.’
    • ‘We always deeply romanticized the idea of space; it was the frontier, it was about the imagination rather than the military and ownership.’
    • ‘I've got news for people who long for the good ol’ days of marriage - you're romanticizing it.’
    • ‘But the one thing you could accuse him of is the very same criticism levelled at his hero here; a tendency to romanticise the truth.’
    • ‘However, I still found myself drawn to the book: an aspect of the historical thriller that I have come to love is the way it romanticises the scholar.’
    • ‘Our culture simultaneously denigrates marriage and romanticizes it.’
    • ‘On the whole, the production, and to some extent the play itself, romanticizes the lot of the factory workers in a bewildering way.’
    • ‘Such practical problems in communal ownership are often overlooked by environmentalists who romanticise communal ownership.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's a tendency, especially by Australians, to romanticise a villain.’
    • ‘There have been films that denied the torment of this terrible illness by romanticizing it as a form of wisdom or special insight.’
    • ‘So much of the writing in the eighties about cocaine and drug abuse managed to romanticize its effects.’
    • ‘Nostalgia is a collective, fictionalised and romanticised view of the past, no?’
    • ‘It is important to continue to question these images, and construct alternatives which will rectify these negative portrayals without idealizing or romanticizing them.’
    • ‘I think you are perhaps romanticizing the nature of science.’
    • ‘Perhaps there is a need to safeguard traditional occupations and ways of life - not for the sake of romanticising them, but by recognising this way of life as an enterprising, security oriented strategy, and respecting it.’
    • ‘There's a sense in which people sort of read what they want to read in a book, but I do think that in writing the books I was really wrestling with that romanticization, and I think we all have a tendency to romanticize things.’
    ennoble, exalt, elevate, lift up, add dignity to, dignify, add lustre to, add distinction to, enhance, increase, augment, promote, boost
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