(often initial capital letter) the theory of Euhemerus that the mythologies of various gods arose out of the deification of dead heroes.
the theory that mythology is derived from history.
- eu·he·mer·ist, noun
- eu·he·mer·is·tic, adjective
- eu·he·mer·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for euhemerism
the theory that gods arose out of the deification of historical heroes
any interpretation of myths that derives the gods from outstanding men and seeks the source of mythology in history
- euhemerist, noun
- euhemeristic, adjective
- euhemeristically, adverb
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