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conventionalize

[kuh n-ven-shuh-nl-ahyz] /kənˈvɛn ʃə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), conventionalized, conventionalizing.
1.
to make conventional.
2.
Art. to represent in a conventional manner.
Also, especially British, conventionalise.
Origin of conventionalize
1850-1855
First recorded in 1850-55; conventional + -ize
Related forms
conventionalization, noun
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Examples from the Web for conventionalized
Historical Examples
  • (c) conventionalized lily—the prototype of the trident and the thunder-weapon.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • The pointed oval, or vesica, is the conventionalized form of the fish.

    The Worship of the Church

    Jacob A. Regester
  • Everywhere the conventionalized book-language is spoken by the few.

  • In using a flower, or other design, for a frieze or dado, they should be conventionalized.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • It is a "conventionalized" creation, as we say of ornamentation.

    In the Wilderness Charles Dudley Warner
  • It is a 'conventionalized' creation, as we say of ornamentation.

    Fishing With The Fly Charles F. Orvis and Others
  • Rough, conventionalized representations of palm trees are also common.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • There is no motive that cannot be conventionalized into a pattern by repetition.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • Old English poetry is conventionalized to a remarkable degree.

  • If she would become worldly, artificial, and conventionalized.

    The Golden Road

    Frank Waller Allen
British Dictionary definitions for conventionalized

conventionalize

/kənˈvɛnʃənəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make conventional
2.
to simplify or stylize (a design, decorative device, etc)
Derived Forms
conventionalization, conventionalisation, noun
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