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lionize

li·on·ize

lionize

 
pronunciation:
laI naIz
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: lionized, lionizes, lionizing
definition: to view or treat (someone) as a celebrity or extraordinary person.
Charles Lindbergh was lionized and called a hero after making his famous flight across the Atlantic.
synonyms:
idolize
antonyms:
vilify
similar words:
adulate, deify, elevate, exalt, glorify, hero-worship, put someone on a pedestal, worship
derivations: lionization (n.), lionizer (n.)