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idealization

[ahy-dee-uh-luh-zey-shuh n] /aɪˌdi ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of idealizing something.
2.
Psychoanalysis. a mental mechanism, operating consciously or unconsciously, in which one person overestimates an admired attribute of another.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; idealize + -ation
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  • Development of the self proceeds along three lines: grandiosity, alter ego, and idealization.
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  • They also reported more commitment-related romantic beliefs but less romantic idealization.
British Dictionary definitions for idealization

idealization

/aɪˌdɪəlaɪˈzeɪʃən/
noun
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
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Word Origin and History for idealization
n.

1796; see idealize + -ation.

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