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[roh-man-tuh-sahyz] /roʊˈmæn təˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), romanticized, romanticizing.
to make romantic; invest with a romantic character:
Many people romanticize the role of an editor.
verb (used without object), romanticized, romanticizing.
to hold romantic notions, ideas, etc.
Also, especially British, romanticise.
1810-20; romantic + -ize
Related forms
romanticization, noun
overromanticize, verb, overromanticized, overromanticizing.
unromanticized, adjective Unabridged
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  • The myths and legends are not only those that still romanticize the old plantation but also the contrary ones that demonize it.
  • Sure, it's a mistake to romanticize all this any more than is strictly necessary.
  • Across styles of music, songs romanticize or out-and-out promote stalking.
  • The landscape and treatment of indigenous dress serve to romanticize the meeting of these two powerful leaders.
  • Adoptees who are artificially kept from information about their birth situations romanticize and fantasize about that family.
  • They tend to romanticize the role of the teacher and the position.
  • Sure, it's a mistake to romanticize all this any more than is strictly necessary.
  • To romanticize this curved and unsafe bottleneck is almost unimaginable.
British Dictionary definitions for romanticize


(intransitive) to think or act in a romantic way
(transitive) to interpret according to romantic precepts
to make or become romantic, as in style
Derived Forms
romanticization, romanticisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for romanticize

1818, from romantic + -ize. Related: Romanticized; romanticizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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