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[ahy-dee-uh-luh-zey-shuh n]
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  1. the act or process of idealizing something.
  2. Psychoanalysis. a mental mechanism, operating consciously or unconsciously, in which one person overestimates an admired attribute of another.
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Origin of idealization

First recorded in 1790–1800; idealize + -ation
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  1. the representation of something as ideal
  2. a conception of something that dwells on its advantages and ignores its deficiencies
  3. a general theoretical account of natural phenomena that ignores features that are difficult to accommodate within a theory
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Word Origin and History for idealization


1796; see idealize + -ation.

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