verb (used with object), i·dol·ized, i·dol·iz·ing.
verb (used without object), i·dol·ized, i·dol·iz·ing.
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What does idolize mean?
To idolize someone is to treat them with extreme admiration and devotion.
This sense of the word is based on the figurative use of the word idol to refer to a person, especially a famous celebrity such as a pop singer, whose fans are extremely devoted to them. The noun form idolization refers to this kind of hero worship. A synonym of this sense of idolize is the slang verb stan.
The words idol and idolize sometimes imply that such devotion is excessive, likening it to religious worship. This is based on the original sense of the word idol referring to an object or image, such as a statue, that is worshiped as the representation of a deity or god. The word idol can also refer to the deity or god that is being worshiped.
The worship of such an idol is sometimes called idolatry (or idol worship) and the people who do it can be called idolaters. The word idolize can also mean to practice idolatry, though it is much more commonly used in a figurative way. A synonym of this sense of idolize is idolatrize, but it is not commonly used.
In a religious context, words like idol and idolize are typically used in a negative, judgmental way, implying that the god that the idol represents is not actually real and that such worship is wrong or sinful.
Sometimes, idol is used in a metaphorical way to compare something to an object of religious devotion and worship, and idolize can also be used in this context, as in She idolizes money. This sense of the word is also used in a critical way.
A close synonym of all senses of the word idolize is worship.
Example: The trouble with idolizing people is that you start to model your behavior on them while ignoring their faults.
Where does idolize come from?
The first records of the word idolize come from the late 1500s. The word idol comes from the Greek eídōlon, meaning “image,” from eîdos, meaning “shape and form.” The suffix -ize means to “make,” “render,” or “convert into.”
Idolizing someone converts them into an idol—the subject of almost religious devotion. Idolize should not be confused with the verb idealize, which means to consider or represent something as perfect or without any flaws. Fans who idolize a star also tend to idealize them by ignoring their flaws or perhaps not recognizing them at all.
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- idolization (noun)
- idolizer (noun)
- idol (noun)
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How is idolize used in real life?
Idolize is commonly used in the context of extreme fans of pop stars. It often implies that such idolization is like religious worship. For this reason, it is often (though not always) used in a somewhat negative way.
The way some of you idolize celebrities is very shameful and embarrassing.
— Onion Cider (@abbietayo) December 15, 2020
There's so much to explore with #KPOP: dancing, singing, striking music videos, K-dramas, finely tuned images. And while South Korean pop idols work hard to gain more visibility in the U.S., will America ever idolize K-pop? I wrote about that here: https://t.co/zAbhGJVfIk pic.twitter.com/E6XVAqhBQ8
— Joshua Barajas (@Josh_Barrage) March 29, 2019
This was a really beautiful piece.
As a kid I idolized Lisa, she was so smart and different from the rest of her family, but they still loved each other at the end of the day. It was what every gay kid wanted growing up in the sticks.
We need more Lisa Simpsons in the world. https://t.co/UK1M9BgWHq
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) February 26, 2018
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Is idolize used correctly in the following sentence?
“American teenagers idolized Elvis Presley as a rock-’n-roll icon in the 1950s.”
How to use idolize in a sentence
If they want to idolize him, let them do it on private property.
He idolized running back LaDainian Tomlinson, and even though his parents made sure to keep him involved in other activities — baseball, soccer, track — football spoke to him in ways no other sport could.Jamin Davis began last season off the NFL’s radar. In a few weeks, he could be a first-round pick.|Nicki Jhabvala|April 9, 2021|Washington Post
Brina, internalizing the racism of her peers, idolized her father and was “cruel” to her mother.
There’s no reason to keep idolizing an old god just because it knows how to satisfy our cravings for salt, sugar and fat.The McRib is back at McDonald’s, and after a taste, I still don’t get its cult appeal|Tim Carman|December 3, 2020|Washington Post
His younger brother, Rye, doesn’t feel the same enthusiasm for the cause, but he idolizes Gig and follows him to a free speech rally that gets them both beaten and arrested.
Who would you rather see naked—a total stranger, or someone you think you know and idolize?The Movie Nudity Maestro: Jim McBride on 15 Years of Mr. Skin and That Scarlett Johansson Scene|Marlow Stern|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He tells me that it does weird him out when he meets those who—and he hates to use these words—idolize or worship him.The Party Monster Lives For the Applause: Michael Alig’s Second Act|Caitlin Dickson|February 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I get starstruck by women who I truly idolize, such as her and Kristen Wiig.Kate McKinnon Is the Future of ‘Saturday Night Live’|Kevin Fallon|November 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Most of the super fans I spoke to spend a lot of time on cam sites or pay for one-on-one Web chats with the girls they idolize.Porn Superfans: Aurora Snow on the Relationship Between Cam Girls and Their Fans|Aurora Snow|April 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As long as we have baby-boomer nostalgia and Internet gossip, the tendencies to idolize or vandalize will be indulged.
He looked as if his division might idolize him, as it was said they did.
What was becoming weirdly clear was that these two really did idolize M1k3y, and that they'd do anything I said.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
He does so, and finds there a little girl, whom he believes to be his own child, and whom he at once begins to idolize.Other People's Money|Emile Gaboriau
But the English people idolize Garibaldi, and receive him with a burst of enthusiasm unexampled in fervor.
Hitherto mankind has often been tempted by preconceived notions to idolize vain things.The Positive Outcome of Philosophy|Joseph Dietzgen