|1.||[ noun ] something that exists only as an idea|
|2.||[ noun ] (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad|
|Related terms:||defense psychiatry|
|3.||[ noun ] a portrayal of something as ideal|
"the idealization of rural life was very misleading"
|Related terms:||admiration sentimentalization glorify|