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euhemerism

[yoo-hee-muh-riz-uh m, -hem-uh-]
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noun
  1. (often initial capital letter) the theory of Euhemerus that the mythologies of various gods arose out of the deification of dead heroes.
  2. the theory that mythology is derived from history.
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Origin of euhemerism

First recorded in 1840–50; Euhemer(us) + -ism
Related formseu·he·mer·ist, nouneu·he·mer·is·tic, adjectiveeu·he·mer·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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euhemerism

noun
  1. the theory that gods arose out of the deification of historical heroes
  2. any interpretation of myths that derives the gods from outstanding men and seeks the source of mythology in history
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Derived Formseuhemerist, nouneuhemeristic, adjectiveeuhemeristically, adverb

Word Origin

C19: named after Euhemerus (?300 bc), Greek philosopher who propounded this theory
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Word Origin and History for euhemerism

n.

1846, "the method of regarding myths as glorified accounts of actual events or persons," from Euhemerus of Sicily (4c. B.C.E.), who wrote "Iera Anagraphe," in which he maintained the Greek deities actually were historical mortals. His name is literally "good day," from eu "well" (see eu-) + hemera "day" (see ephemera). Related: Euhemerist; euhemeristic.

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