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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.
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verb (used without object), ro·man·ti·cized, ro·man·ti·ciz·ing.
  1. to hold romantic notions, ideas, etc.
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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
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Related Words

sentimentalize, idealize, glamorize

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  • Ah, well, if we must romanticize something, it had best be the past.

    The Crow's Nest

    Clarence Day, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for romanticize



  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
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Derived Formsromanticization or romanticisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for romanticize


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

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