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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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  • 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.
  • The result is that the romanticized world of the blog doesn't translate to the small screen.
  • The story has become romanticized over the years, and everyone's version of it differs.
  • Even today, romanticized in literature, they are viewed as popular legends.
  • Fishing, long a sport romanticized as an escape to bucolic surroundings, has gone urban.
  • Whether romanticized history or fact, stories of the origin of the road still stir dispute.
  • Their story, though romanticized on the silver screen, was hardly a glamorous one.
British Dictionary definitions for romanticized


(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 romanticized



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

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