verb (used with object), ro·man·ti·cized, ro·man·ti·ciz·ing.
  1. to make romantic; invest with a romantic character: Many people romanticize the role of an editor.
verb (used without object), ro·man·ti·cized, ro·man·ti·ciz·ing.
  1. to hold romantic notions, ideas, etc.
Also especially British, ro·man·ti·cise.

Origin of romanticize

First recorded in 1810–20; romantic + -ize
Related formsro·man·ti·ci·za·tion, nouno·ver·ro·man·ti·cize, verb, o·ver·ro·man·ti·cized, o·ver·ro·man·ti·ciz·ing.un·ro·man·ti·cized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for romanticization

Contemporary Examples of romanticization

  • More recently, haute couture has even tried the romanticization of overalls.

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    April 7, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for romanticization



  1. (intr) to think or act in a romantic way
  2. (tr) to interpret according to romantic precepts
  3. to make or become romantic, as in style
Derived Formsromanticization or romanticisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for romanticization



1818, from romantic + -ize. Related: Romanticized; romanticizing.

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