Idealization
Idealization I*de`al*i*za"tion, n. 1. The act or process of idealizing. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. A defense mechanism that splits something one is ambivalent about into two representations -- one good and one bad. [WordNet sense 1] [WordNet 1.5]

4. something that exists only as an idea. [WordNet sense 2] [WordNet 1.5]

5. a protrayal of something as ideal. [WordNet sense 3]

Syn: glorification. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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