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[ih-moh-shuh-nl-ahyz] /ɪˈmoʊ ʃə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), emotionalized, emotionalizing.
to make emotional; treat as a matter of emotion.
Also, especially British, emotionalise.
Origin of emotionalize
First recorded in 1875-80; emotional + -ize
Related forms
de-emotionalize, verb (used with object), de-emotionalized, de-emotionalizing.
overemotionalize, verb (used with object), overemotionalized, overemotionalizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for emotionalize
Historical Examples
  • She can feel as well as think and so can emotionalize the printed page.

    The Vitalized School

    Francis B. Pearson
  • It would be cruelly unfair, she recognized that, to emotionalize over them—force them.

    The Real Adventure

    Henry Kitchell Webster
  • It is a good idea of Santayana that "the function of poetry is to emotionalize philosophy."

    The Last Harvest John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for emotionalize


(transitive) to make emotional; subject to emotional treatment
Derived Forms
emotionalization, emotionalisation, noun
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