demythologize

[ dee-mi-thol-uh-jahyz ]
/ ˌdi mɪˈθɒl əˌdʒaɪz /

verb (used with object), de·my·thol·o·gized, de·my·thol·o·giz·ing.

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), de·my·thol·o·gized, de·my·thol·o·giz·ing.

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

First recorded in 1945–50; de- + mythologize
Related formsde·my·thol·o·gi·za·tion, nounde·my·thol·o·giz·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for demythologise

demythologize

demythologise

/ (ˌdiːmɪˈθɒləˌdʒaɪz) /

verb (tr)

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 Formsdemythologization or demythologisation, noun
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