li·on·ize \LY-uh-nyz\

transitive verb
To treat or regard as an object of great interest or importance.

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[ Panel 1 ]
GENTLEMAN 1: Clarence, how many times must I tell you, DO NOT lionize your whores!
GENTLEMAN 2: But they are SO pretty I MUST treat them that way.

[ Panel 2 ]
GENTLEMAN 1: It is one thing to KEEP A WHORE in your bed, but to treat them like they have status beyond that IS PREPOSTEROUS!
GENTLEMAN 2: What EXACTLY is it that you think I do with these women, Wilfred?
GENTLEMAN 1: You are TREATING them as if they are objects of IMPORTANT and RESPECT!

[ Panel 3 ]
GENTLEMAN 2: When I say “LIONIZE,” I mean I prey on and maul them like the pretty little game that they are.
GENTLEMAN 1: Oh, in that case, by all means, CARRY ON!