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[glam-uh-rahyz] /ˈglæm əˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), glamorized, glamorizing.
to make glamorous.
to glorify or romanticize:
an adventure film that tended to glamorize war.
Also, glamourize; especially British, glamourise.
Origin of glamorize
1935-40, Americanism; glamor + -ize
Related forms
glamorization, noun
glamorizer, noun
overglamorize, verb (used with object), overglamorized, overglamorizing.
overglamourize, verb (used with object), overglamourized, overglamourizing.
unglamorized, adjective
unglamourized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glamorize
  • Don't do it near your neighbor, and don't endorse movies that glamorize it.
  • If you glamorize crackheads they return the stuff they steal from you.
  • Mammoth does not glamorize the underworld with garish lighting.
  • Partisans demand that magazine portraits glamorize their heroes for the same reason my friend hired a professional photographer.
  • They don't want to glamorize it, because they don't want it to happen again.
  • And he is still able to manage his consummate, his characteristic, trick-which is to glamorize self-pity.
  • Many of these sites popularize and glamorize drug use, and others implicitly promote use and experimentation.
  • Discuss images on television and in movies that glamorize alcohol.
  • Kids are flooded with media messages that glamorize alcohol use.
  • Exposure to media and movie messages that glamorize use.
British Dictionary definitions for glamorize


(transitive) to cause to be or seem glamorous; romanticize or beautify
Derived Forms
glamorization, glamorisation, noun
glamorizer, glamoriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for glamorize

also glamourize, 1901, from glamor + -ize. Related: Glamorized; glamorizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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