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demythologize

[ dee-mi-thol-uh-jahyz ]
/ 藢di m瑟藞胃蓲l 蓹藢d蕭a瑟z /
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verb (used with object), de路my路thol路o路gized, de路my路thol路o路giz路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路my路thol路o路gized, de路my路thol路o路giz路ing.
to separate mythological, legendary, or apocryphal elements from a writing, work of art, historical figure, etc.
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Also especially British, de路my路thol路o路gise .

Origin of demythologize

First recorded in 1945鈥50; de- + mythologize

OTHER WORDS FROM demythologize

de路my路thol路o路gi路za路tion, nounde路my路thol路o路giz路er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for demythologize

demythologize

demythologise

/ (藢di藧m瑟藞胃蓲l蓹藢d蕭a瑟z) /

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 forms of demythologize

demythologization or demythologisation, noun
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