- to divest of mythological or legendary attributes or forms, as in order to permit clearer appraisal and understanding: to demythologize the music dramas of Richard Wagner for modern listeners.
- to make less mysterious or mythical so as to give a more human character to: to demythologize the presidency.
- to separate mythological, legendary, or apocryphal elements from a writing, work of art, historical figure, etc.
Also especially British, de·my·thol·o·gise.
Origin of demythologize
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- to eliminate all mythical elements from (a piece of writing, esp the Bible) so as to arrive at an essential meaning
- to restate (a message, esp a religious one) in rational terms
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