V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to make someone into or treat someone like a celebrity or an extraordinary person; 2. to treat someone with great respect and put them up on a pedestal
Synonyms: honor, worship, idolize, adore
Tips: Note the root word "lion" in lionize. As the lion is "king of the jungle," think of the verb lionize as treating someone as if he or she is "king." This is a more sophisticated--and somewhat high-brow--way of referring to the behavior which accompanies "celebrity worship."
The ballet dancer is lionized in Russia, but goes unnoticed in the U.S. (treated like a celebrity)
If you are a VIP in Las Vegas, the casinos will lionize you with free suites and easy access to all of the best clubs. (treat like a celebrity, honor)
Fallen celebrities have a difficult time going from being lionized by everyone to going unnoticed. (treated like a VIP, put on a pedestal)
Washington insiders say that members of Congress become addicted to being lionized and feeling powerful. (treated as a celebrity, put on a pedestal)
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