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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for demythologise



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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