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euhemerism

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noun eu·he·mer·ism \yü-ˈhē-mə-ˌri-zəm, -ˈhe-mə-\

Definition of euhemerism

  1. :  interpretation of myths as traditional accounts of historical persons and events

euhemerist play \-rist\ noun
euhemeristic play \-ˌhē-mə-ˈris-tik, -ˌhe-mə-\ adjective


Origin of euhemerism

Euhemerus, 4th century b.c. Greek mythographer


First Known Use: 1846


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