[ ahy-dee-uh-luh-zey-shuh n ]
/ aɪˌdi ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən /


the act or process of idealizing something.
Psychoanalysis. a mental mechanism, operating consciously or unconsciously, in which one person overestimates an admired attribute of another.

Origin of idealization

First recorded in 1790–1800; idealize + -ation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for idealization



/ (aɪˌdɪəlaɪˈzeɪʃən) /


the representation of something as ideal
a conception of something that dwells on its advantages and ignores its deficiencies
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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