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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Definitions for lionize

  1. To treat or regard as an object of great interest or importance.

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Citations for lionize
At Penn State he'd been welcomed, nurtured, lionized as a track and field star who narrowly missed making our Olympic team in the decathlon James Brady, Further Lane
But it is a good reason to be wary, and to pay some attention to that man behind the curtain -- or, if anyone tries to sell you one, to be cautious about lionizing "some pig" -- however terrific, radiant, and humble -- in a poke. Marjorie B. Garber, Symptoms of Culture
Origin of lionize
1800-1810
Lionize, comes from lion, in the sense of "a person of great interest or importance."
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