romanticize

[roh-man-tuh-sahyz]
verb (used with object), romanticized, romanticizing.
1.
to make romantic; invest with a romantic character: Many people romanticize the role of an editor.
verb (used without object), romanticized, romanticizing.
2.
to hold romantic notions, ideas, etc.
Also, especially British, romanticise.


Origin:
1810–20; romantic + -ize

romanticization, noun
overromanticize, verb, overromanticized, overromanticizing.
unromanticized, adjective
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romanticize or romanticise (rəʊˈmæntɪˌsaɪz)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to think or act in a romantic way
2.  (tr) to interpret according to romantic precepts
3.  to make or become romantic, as in style
 
romanticise or romanticise
 
vb
 
romantici'zation or romanticise
 
n
 
romantici'sation or romanticise
 
n

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Example sentences
Refreshing that this whole dark episode was not romanticized and summed up in
  terms of the flourish of the seventies.
Also, don't anyone take a romanticized idea of egg-laying hens.
It both demystified the process and romanticized it.
Today, many historians view the sagas as a romanticized but crucial piece of
  history.
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