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demythologize

[dee-mi-thol-uh-jahyz] /ˌdi mɪˈθɒl əˌdʒaɪz/
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
1945-1950
1945-50; de- + mythologize
Related forms
demythologization, noun
demythologizer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for demythologization

demythologize

/ˌdiːmɪˈθɒləˌdʒaɪz/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
demythologization, demythologisation, noun
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