or glam·our·ize


verb (used with object), glam·or·ized, glam·or·iz·ing.

to make glamorous.
to glorify or romanticize: an adventure film that tended to glamorize war.

Also especially British, glam·our·ise.

Origin of glamorize

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; glamor + -ize
Related formsglam·or·i·za·tion, nounglam·or·iz·er, nouno·ver·glam·or·ize, verb (used with object), o·ver·glam·or·ized, o·ver·glam·or·iz·ing.o·ver·glam·our·ize, verb (used with object), o·ver·glam·our·ized, o·ver·glam·our·iz·ing.un·glam·or·ized, adjectiveun·glam·our·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of glamorize

Historical Examples of glamorize

  • And the human mind always seems to magnify the present difficulties, and glamorize the possible future.

    Have We No Rights?

    Mabel Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for glamorize


glamorise or sometimes US glamourize


(tr) to cause to be or seem glamorous; romanticize or beautify
Derived Formsglamorization or glamorisation, nounglamorizer or glamoriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for glamorize

also glamourize, 1901, from glamor + -ize. Related: Glamorized; glamorizing.

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