American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To treat as or make into fiction: "has fictionalized his people and their town, but we know they are real” ( Harper's).
- v. To retell something real as if it were fiction, especially by fabricating falsehoods
- v. To convert something into a novel or other dramatic work
- v. make into fiction
- v. convert into the form or the style of a novel
- fictional + -ize (Wiktionary)
“The producers understandably air a disclaimer that, despite their research, they were forced to fictionalize part of their movie.”
“That is, I had to fictionalize him a little because I was too small to remember every little detail about him.”
“Bush's press secretaries I understand were not at all involved and had to fictionalize as they went.”
“I always felt the story of this trio was a fabulous one and in those days, when I still liked the idea of writing novels, I longed to fictionalize their love triangle.”
“The question that came straight into my mind was: why choose to fictionalize the lives of people still living?”
“Then I kind of fictionalize them or change them and find different ways to approach my real life experience.”
“I suspect that El Cid knows that and is pointing out that all this is possible without feeling as though there is some kind of obligation to fictionalize that duBois seems to think that there is in the service of “art.””
“This beautifully crafted thriller stands head and shoulders above other recent efforts to fictionalize Poe.”
“My father told only of the narrow details of the accident and so I had to fictionalize most all of the surrounding circumstances of action and character, which eventually, as inevitably happens in writing, led to other stories that I hadnt originally conceived of or anticipated.”
“They fictionalize it, and do so with the full cooperation of most of the people who appear on the news as subjects or media.”
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