from The Century Dictionary.

  • etc. See idealization, idealize, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Same as idealization.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of idealization.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun something that exists only as an idea
  • noun (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad
  • noun a portrayal of something as ideal


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