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

  • While most American treatment providers blame perfection-seeking parents and the media's idealization of hollow-cheeked actresses for eating disorders (among other dysfunctional .
  • The confession: "To destroy the present for the sake of the future is not the right means to promote idealization of national life.
  • We're talking about the idealization of a single mom.

  • Jack Coleman in New York Daily News
    Generally, on television, parents tend to be a lot more patient and a lot more interested in every utterance their darling child makes than in real life,said Coleman, who turned 49 on Wednesday. "So there's a kind of idealization of my...
  • Donald Byrd in Chicago Tribune
    Byrd describes the new piece as having to do with "romance and idealization," while he plans a cast of one woman and eight men.
  • Matthew Barney in Bloomberg
    Barney describes that as "the internalization and idealization of the paternal phallus."

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