World English Dictionary
idealization or idealisation (aɪˌdɪəlaɪˈzeɪʃən)
1.  the representation of something as ideal
2.  a conception of something that dwells on its advantages and ignores its deficiencies
3.  a general theoretical account of natural phenomena that ignores features that are difficult to accommodate within a theory
idealisation or idealisation

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1. (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad [syn: idealization
2. something that exists only as an idea [syn: idealization
3. a portrayal of something as ideal; "the idealization of rural life was very misleading" [syn: idealization
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