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[fik-shuh-nl-ahyz] /ˈfɪk ʃə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), fictionalized, fictionalizing.
to make into fiction; give a somewhat imaginative or fictional version of:
to fictionalize a biography.
Also, fictionize.
Origin of fictionalize
1920-25; fictional + -ize
Related forms
fictionalization, noun
fictionalizer, noun
semifictionalized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fictionalize
  • There isn't a particular model for this book, but there are many books that exhibit or fictionalize characteristics of a society.
  • They have to extrapolate and sometimes fictionalize.
  • Any other valuation method would be misleading and would, in fact, fictionalize the company's true financial condition.
  • One thing of course is when one uses autobiographical material you fictionalize it.
British Dictionary definitions for fictionalize


(transitive) to make into fiction or give a fictional aspect to
Derived Forms
fictionalization, fictionalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for fictionalize

1925, from fictional + -ize. Related: Fictionalized; fictionalizing.

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