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  1. [n]  a portrayal of something as ideal; "the idealization of rural life was very misleading"
  2. [n]  something that exists only as an idea
  3. [n]  (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad

IDEALIZATION is a 12 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: glorification, idealisation, idealisation, idealisation
 See Also: admiration, appreciation, defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction, idea, romanticisation, romanticization, sentimentalisation, sentimentalization, thought



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\I*de`al*i*za"tion\, n.
1. The act or process of idealizing.

2. (Fine Arts) The representation of natural objects, scenes,
   etc., in such a way as to show their most important
   characteristics; the study of the ideal.

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 Related Terms: airiness, appearance, autism, autistic thinking, delusiveness, dematerialization, dereism, dereistic thinking, disembodiment, dreamery, etherealization, fallaciousness, false appearance, false light, false show, falseness, flight of fancy, ideal, idealism, ideality, illusionism, illusionist, illusiveness, imaginative exercise, immateriality, immaterialization, impracticality, magic, magic act, magic show, magician, play of fancy, prestidigitation, Prospero, quixotism, quixotry, romance, romanticism, seeming, semblance, show, simulacrum, sleight of hand, sorcerer, sorcery, specious appearance, spiritualization, unactuality, unpracticalness, unrealism, unreality, unsubstantiality, unsubstantialization, utopianism, visionariness, wish fulfillment, wishful thinking, wish-fulfillment fantasy