Tuesday, April 22, 2008
lionize transitive verb [LY-uh-nyz] To treat or regard as an object of great interest or importance.
Definitions for lionize
- 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
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.
Origin of lionize
Lionize, comes from lion, in the sense of "a person of great interest or importance."