Definition of romanticize in US English:



[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’
    • ‘Nostalgia is a collective, fictionalised and romanticised view of the past, no?’
    • ‘There have been films that denied the torment of this terrible illness by romanticizing it as a form of wisdom or special insight.’
    • ‘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 certainly a tendency in history to romanticize the heroics of the past.’
    • ‘We always deeply romanticized the idea of space; it was the frontier, it was about the imagination rather than the military and ownership.’
    • ‘There's a tendency, especially by Australians, to romanticise a villain.’
    • ‘Our culture simultaneously denigrates marriage and romanticizes 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is important to continue to question these images, and construct alternatives which will rectify these negative portrayals without idealizing or romanticizing them.’
    • ‘On the whole, the production, and to some extent the play itself, romanticizes the lot of the factory workers in a bewildering way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So much of the writing in the eighties about cocaine and drug abuse managed to romanticize its effects.’
    • ‘I think you are perhaps romanticizing the nature of science.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've got news for people who long for the good ol’ days of marriage - you're romanticizing it.’
    • ‘I do not mean to romanticize the life of an at-home parent: many find it isolating and stressful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Such practical problems in communal ownership are often overlooked by environmentalists who romanticise communal ownership.’
    ennoble, exalt, elevate, lift up, add dignity to, dignify, add lustre to, add distinction to, enhance, increase, augment, promote, boost
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