Meaning of romanticize


To romanticize is either to put a positive spin on something that wasn’t great or to behave in a romantic way. If you’re sea sick on a cruise and spend the whole time clutching the railing but later say it was the best trip ever, you have romanticized your experience.

To romanticize can mean to act in a way that lends itself to romance, such as by buying flowers or making goo-goo eyes. A more common meaning has less to do with romance, but also involves wearing rose-colored glasses. If you romanticize war, you’re making it sound like a glorious, beautiful thing. To romanticize is to interpret things that are not glamorous in a glamorous way.

Definitions of romanticize
  1. verb

    interpret romantically

    romanticize this uninteresting and hard work!”

    glamorize, glamourise, romanticise

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    type of:

    idealise, idealize

    consider or render as ideal

  2. verb

    make romantic in style

    “The designer
    romanticized the little black dress”


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    type of:

    alter, change, modify

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

  3. verb

    act in a romantic way

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    type of:

    act, behave, do

    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

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