verb (used with object), li·on·ized, li·on·iz·ing.
verb (used without object), li·on·ized, li·on·iz·ing.
Origin of lionize
Examples from the Web for lionize
Contemporary Examples of lionize
Conservatives may lionize Edward Snowden now, says Michael Tomasky, but ultimately his actions are going to tear apart the GOP.Snowden and the Right
June 10, 2013
Historical Examples of lionize
The free-handed miners of that town wanted nothing better than somebody or something to lionize.The Ifs of History
Joseph Edgar Chamberlin
They're going to lionize him while he's here, so we'd better move him on.Rung Ho!
In spite of serious discrepancies in his attire, however, I saw that Mrs. Effie meant to lionize him tremendously.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
I want you to lionize an old friend of mine, who has the ambition to 'do' Connemara under your guidance.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
The worst of Gordon was that he made it next to impossible for one to lionize him.Van Bibber and Others
Richard Harding Davis
"to treat (someone) as a celebrity," a hybrid from lion + -ize. Used by Scott, 1809, and preserving lion in the sense of "person of note who is much sought-after" (1715), originally in reference to the lions formerly kept in the Tower of London (referred to from late 16c.), objects of general curiosity that every visitor in town was taken to see. Related: Lionized; lionizing.