lionize lionize  /ˈlaɪ ə ˌnaɪz/


  • (v) assign great social importance to



  1. And they always have a chuckle or two over the way all the pussycats lionize them.
  2. Scholars tend to lionize directors who develop groundbreaking styles or who come to dominate and define a genre men like Hitchcock, Welles, Hawks and Ford.
  3. Members of FOW don't lionize work, but they don't condemn it either.


  • Filibuster

    The national media lionize Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis for her 11-hour filibuster supporting abortion.
    on July 9, 2013     Source: Ventura County Star


  1. "It is sad and disturbing that a man of Soyinka's stature and respectability in the arts world would lionize a man like Farrakhan, who is certainly no positive role model," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "We hope that Soyinka...
    on Jun 11, 2007 By: Abraham Foxman Source: Anti-Defamation League (press release)

  2. "The thing about Jackson," Burns said, "is you want to be tough on him, but at the same time you realize this is a transcendent, heroic figure. We lionize and deify Muhammad Ali, who had to swim upstream during the 1960s, a decade dedicated...
    on Jan 12, 2005 By: Tommy Burns Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

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