Definition of essentialize in English:


(British essentialise)

Pronunciation /əˈsen(t)SHəlˌīz/ /əˈsɛn(t)ʃəlˌaɪz/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Characterize (a quality or trait) as fundamental or intrinsic to a particular type of person or thing.

    • ‘this approach is controversial because it could essentialize the ‘peaceful’ nature of women’
    1. 1.1Portray or explain (a particular type of person or thing) in terms of one or more stereotypical or supposedly intrinsic traits.
      • ‘nineties culture, over time, has been essentialized into a few symbols’