verb (used with object), ro·man·ti·cized, ro·man·ti·ciz·ing.

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.

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. 2019

Related Words for romanticize

sentimentalize, idealize, glamorize

Examples from the Web for romanticize

Contemporary Examples of romanticize

Historical Examples of romanticize

  • 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




(intr) to think or act in a romantic way
(tr) to interpret according to romantic precepts
to make or become romantic, as in style
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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