demythologised

demythologize

[dee-mi-thol-uh-jahyz]
verb (used with object), demythologized, demythologizing.
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.
verb (used without object), demythologized, demythologizing.
3.
to separate mythological, legendary, or apocryphal elements from a writing, work of art, historical figure, etc.
Also, especially British, demythologise.


Origin:
1945–50; de- + mythologize

demythologization, noun
demythologizer, noun
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demythologize or demythologise (ˌdiːmɪˈθɒləˌdʒaɪz)
 
vb
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
 
demythologise or demythologise
 
vb
 
demythologi'zation or demythologise
 
n
 
demythologi'sation or demythologise
 
n

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