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demythologize

[dee-mi-thol-uh-jahyz]
verb (used with object), de·my·thol·o·gized, de·my·thol·o·giz·ing.
  1. 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.
  2. to make less mysterious or mythical so as to give a more human character to: to demythologize the presidency.
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verb (used without object), de·my·thol·o·gized, de·my·thol·o·giz·ing.
  1. to separate mythological, legendary, or apocryphal elements from a writing, work of art, historical figure, etc.
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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 demythologize

demythologize

demythologise

verb (tr)
  1. to eliminate all mythical elements from (a piece of writing, esp the Bible) so as to arrive at an essential meaning
  2. to restate (a message, esp a religious one) in rational terms
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Derived Formsdemythologization or demythologisation, noun
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