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[mi-thol-uh-jahyz] /mɪˈθɒl əˌdʒaɪz/
verb (used without object), mythologized, mythologizing.
to classify, explain, or write about myths.
to construct or narrate myths.
verb (used with object), mythologized, mythologizing.
to make into or explain as a myth; make mythical.
Also, especially British, mythologise.
Origin of mythologize
1595-1605; mytholog(y) + -ize; compare French mythologiser
Related forms
mythologization, noun
mythologizer, noun Unabridged
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  • No progress of science can wholly eradicate this tendency to mythologize.

  • They always reveal the invincible tendency of the masses to mythologize.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • He began to mythologize about it on account of the grand elements of welfare, risk, and skill which were in it.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • If, since we are discussing a metaphysical issue,431 we must mythologize, we might call it the "will to self-expression."

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
British Dictionary definitions for mythologize


to tell, study, or explain (myths)
(intransitive) to create or make up myths
(transitive) to convert into a myth
Derived Forms
mythologization, mythologisation, noun
mythologer, mythologizer, mythologiser, noun
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