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Definition to think of or portray as ideal (perfect)
  • as idealized and romanticized as a Disney cartoon
  • ...we idealize youth and sexiness but recoil if our young want to be sexy.
    Belinda Luscombe  --  Time, 2008, The Truth About Teen Girls  --,9171,1840556,00.html (retrieved 11/03/09)
  • She idealizes her boyfriend
  • It's not idealized or humanized.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Her heel went down, almost without her knowing, on the idealized, dreaming, and predatory face of that Sicilian bandit.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Pauline was like the public: She embraced the idealized image, never grasping Rene's conception of the ordinariness of his action.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • It was depravity with the best of consciences, the idealized apotheosis of a total refusal to obey Western demands for an active life.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • White Communists had idealized all Negroes to the extent that they did not see the same Negroes I saw.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Their bodies are somewhat idealized: less hairy than they really were, the muscle groups in higher definition, the skin luminous.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • Don't idealize him, either.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • It was easy to idealize someone you barely knew.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • A distinguished grandfather, warmly wrapped in a cozy red bathrobe, taught an idealized blond boy how to use his new gift—a fishing pole.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Cristian tended to think in abstract, idealized solutions.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • At first Fernanda did not talk about her family, but in time she began to idealize her father.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The sort of hard-working ranchers long idealized in cowboy myths are the ones most likely to go broke today.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • This child had not only grown, she had become idealized.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She fed it with fantasies, idealized it, savagely defended it, stripped it of its prosaic truth, and turned it into the kind of love one found in novels.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • It was too easy otherwise to idealize him as a man who fought with God - a Prometheus, a noble victim in a hopeless war.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • On the radio, the idealized worldof One Man's Family and the just and reassuring tales of The Lone Ranger were runaway hits.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit

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