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(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad.  Synonym: idealization.
Something that exists only as an idea.  Synonym: idealization.
A portrayal of something as ideal.  Synonyms: glorification, idealization.

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"Idealisation" Quotes from Famous Books

... something else; men sent to do one thing and being wise enough to do another; the human power of the living hand to draw back. As it happens, Kitchener was extraordinarily English in this lively and vital moderation. And it is to be feared that the more German idealisation of him, in the largely unenlightened England before the war, has already done some harm to his reputation, and in missing what was particularly English has missed ...
— Lord Kitchener • G. K. Chesterton

... and the lower slopes of the Friulan mountains, the higher, the more aspiring peaks of the purer region. Reality, with all its warmth and all its truth, in Venetian art was still reality. But it was reality made at once truer, wider, and more suave by the method of presentment. Idealisation, in the narrower sense of the word, could add nothing to the loveliness of such a land, to the stateliness, the splendid sensuousness devoid of the grosser elements of offence, to the genuine naturalness of such a mode of life. Art itself could only add to it the right ...
— The Earlier Work of Titian • Claude Phillips

Words linked to "Idealisation" :   defense mechanism, idealise, thought, glorification, defence mechanism, romanticization, psychiatry, defence reaction, psychopathology, sentimentalisation, defense, psychological medicine, sentimentalization, appreciation, defence, admiration, romanticisation, idea, defense reaction

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