[ ahy-dee-uh-luh-zey-shuhn ]
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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.

Origin of idealization

First recorded in 1790–1800; idealize + -ation

Words Nearby idealization Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use idealization in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for idealization



/ (aɪˌdɪəlaɪˈzeɪʃən) /

  1. the representation of something as ideal

  2. a conception of something that dwells on its advantages and ignores its deficiencies

  1. a general theoretical account of natural phenomena that ignores features that are difficult to accommodate within a theory

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