Definition of glamorize in US English:


(British glamorise, glamourise) (also glamourize)


[with object]
  • Make (something) seem glamorous or desirable, especially spuriously so.

    ‘the lyrics glamorize drugs’
    • ‘That's why we don't give out prescriptive drug information or glamorize its use.’
    • ‘Many of these websites openly promote drug use, others glamorize the drug culture and thereby implicitly promote use and experimentation.’
    • ‘We feel the onslaught of television shows that promote and glamorize this destructive lifestyle are irresponsible and lead young impressionable children to wrong conclusions.’
    • ‘Well, the people who make a big deal about it have never seen it firsthand, it's still glamourized in their heads.’
    • ‘Such is the power of the media to glamorize the supposed opportunities for individual advancement afforded by the new order that many are captivated by its promises.’
    • ‘I'm not glamourizing it or glorifying the lifestyle.’
    • ‘Some claim that the film glamourises drug abuse, but amidst the dark humour, there are some truly horrific moments.’
    • ‘Their romantic interplay is glamorized to its maximum expression.’
    • ‘This may seem to be glamourising the industry, but at least it would mean that the prostitutes, and there must be a lot of them up and down the country, would be safe and not exploited.’
    • ‘Why not ban portrayals that glamorize disrespect to parents?’
    • ‘He's made a certain class of technologists into celebrities and has even glamorized technology itself.’
    • ‘All major automobile makers have played a part in glamourizing these vehicles.’
    • ‘Is the media, in fact, glamorizing the use of pot, or is this just a realistic portrayal that we're seeing?’
    • ‘In recent years, big-name celebrities have thrown their support behind Tibet, in a way glamourizing the cause.’
    • ‘He refrains from romanticizing or glamorizing his profession.’
    • ‘Endless films - I have to say particularly some American ones - seem to glamourize war.’
    • ‘He talks at length about uniting and leading the black community, then expounds and glamourizes violence in philosophy, style, attitude and music.’
    • ‘It didn't diminish or glamourize the subject at all.’
    • ‘I'm not glamourising it and I'm not saying what they did was acceptable, but the way they faced up to each other was almost a form of bravery - and decency.’
    ennoble, exalt, elevate, lift up, add dignity to, dignify, add lustre to, add distinction to, enhance, increase, augment, promote, boost
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