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[dee-mi-thol-uh-jahyz] /ˌdi mɪˈθɒl əˌdʒaɪz/
verb (used with object), demythologized, demythologizing.
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.
verb (used without object), demythologized, demythologizing.
to separate mythological, legendary, or apocryphal elements from a writing, work of art, historical figure, etc.
Also, especially British, demythologise.
Origin of demythologize
First recorded in 1945-50; de- + mythologize
Related forms
demythologization, noun
demythologizer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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British Dictionary definitions for demythologize


verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
demythologization, demythologisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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