verb (used with object), e·mo·tion·al·ized, e·mo·tion·al·iz·ing.

to make emotional; treat as a matter of emotion.

Also especially British, e·mo·tion·al·ise.

Origin of emotionalize

First recorded in 1875–80; emotional + -ize
Related formsde-e·mo·tion·al·ize, verb (used with object), de·-e·mo·tion·al·ized, de·-e·mo·tion·al·iz·ing.o·ver·e·mo·tion·al·ize, verb (used with object), o·ver·e·mo·tion·al·ized, o·ver·e·mo·tion·al·iz·ing.
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Examples from the Web for emotionalize

Historical Examples of emotionalize

  • 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




(tr) to make emotional; subject to emotional treatment
Derived Formsemotionalization or emotionalisation, noun
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