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.
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How to use idealization in a sentence
But there is a messy middle territory between demonization and idealization.
This de-idealization came about, in part, Hall argues, because artists were now wealthy and powerful enough to mock themselves.
The irony is that the idealization of Earp as a good guy with a gun, an unswerving servant of law and order, is a myth.The Wyatt Earp Myth: America’s Most Famous Vigilante Wasn’t | Andrew C. Isenberg | July 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Admittedly, a lot of undeserved cultural authority will have to erode before this idealization can materialize.
The force of such idealization helped to carry forward the human race to a new milestone on the path of progress.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Such views and sentiments are incompatible with the idealization of a benevolent despotism.
The two genuine modes of idealization, the subjective and the objective, are not always easy to be reconciled.
I felt that the necessary idealization could only be attained by adopting the clothing of the past.George Eliot's Life, Vol. II (of 3) | George Eliot
After the Antonines, the events are related with simple truth to nature, as a mere chronicle, without any idealization at all.History of Ancient Art | Franz von Reber
British Dictionary definitions for idealization
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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