Definition of heroize in US English:


(British heroise)


[with object]
  • Treat or represent as a hero.

    ‘the father is heroized for long forbearance’
    • ‘But in actuality, the leading Minimalists have been hardly less heroized than prior members of the elite of art historical canons.’
    • ‘Chapters three and four discuss the image of the pirate as constructed in trials and the press, showing how late seventeenth-century sea-rovers William Kidd and Henry Avery were heroized.’
    • ‘I'm sick of the lassitude, sick of the despair and the heroising of banality.’
    • ‘Nor did anything I said attempt to heroise anyone - that is not and was never my intention.’
    • ‘Even though quite explicit about the ‘violence’ of the Romans, Plutarch establishes the tradition of legitimizing and even heroizing the rape from the perspective of future history.’
    • ‘The tyranny associated by Renaissance humanists with the age of chivalric knights and with the knight figure caused romances that heroize the bygone age to fall into disfavor.’
    • ‘Heroic cults, involving both the alleged graves of mythical heroes and those of the heroized historical founders of new cities, are an important category of cult located in the Agora.’
    • ‘Instinctively, I resist heroizing people who have that much power.’
    • ‘East and West became fused in the feelings and mind of the traveler who re-encountered schoolroom heroizing of Greek and Roman tradition alongside the difference made by a visit to the East.’
    ennoble, exalt, elevate, lift up, add dignity to, dignify, add lustre to, add distinction to, enhance, increase, augment, promote, boost
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