1. The act or process of idealizing.
2. Fine Arts The representation of natural objects, scenes, etc., in such a way as to show their most important characteristics; the study of the ideal.
n 1: a portrayal of something as ideal; "the idealization of
rural life was very misleading" [syn: idealisation, glorification]
2: (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you
are ambivalent about into two representations--one good
and one bad [syn: idealisation]
3: something that exists only as an idea [syn: idealisation]