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Noun: idealization  I,dee-u-lu'zey-shun [N. Amer], I,dee-u-lI'zey-shun [Brit]
  1. A portrayal of something as ideal
    "the idealization of rural life was very misleading";
    - idealisation [Brit], glorification
  2. (psychiatry) a defence mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad
    - idealisation [Brit]
  3. Something that exists only as an idea
    - idealisation [Brit]

Derived forms: idealizations

Type of: admiration, appreciation, defence [Brit, Cdn], defence mechanism [Brit, Cdn], defence reaction [Brit, Cdn], defense [US], defense mechanism [US], defense reaction [US], idea, thought

Encyclopedia: Idealization