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

to make emotional; treat as a matter of emotion.

Nearby words

  1. emotional labour,
  2. emotional literacy,
  3. emotionalism,
  4. emotionalist,
  5. emotionality,
  6. emotionally correct,
  7. emotionless,
  8. emotive,
  9. emotive meaning,
  10. emotivism

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

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

    The Real Adventure|Henry Kitchell Webster
  • She can feel as well as think and so can emotionalize the printed page.

    The Vitalized School|Francis B. Pearson
  • 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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