de·​mys·​ti·​fy | \(ˌ)dē-ˈmis-tə-ˌfī \

Definition of demystify 

transitive verb

: to eliminate the mystifying features of

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demystification \(ˌ)dē-​ˌmis-​tə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən \ noun

Examples of demystify in a Sentence

The class is intended to demystify the process of using a computer. a wine book that does a lot to demystify the subject for the casual drinker who just wants a good bottle for dinner

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Part of Camerlengo and curator in charge Jill D’Alessandro’s remit was to demystify Muslim dress, which has often been under- or misrepresented. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Modesty Makes Its Mark in “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” at the de Young Museum," 21 Sep. 2018 Fed chairs have traditionally done such on-the-record interviews only sparingly, and Thursday’s appearance offers the latest example of Mr. Powell’s desire to demystify what the central bank is doing and why. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Chair Jerome Powell Says Trade Policies Complicate Economic Outlook," 12 July 2018 Classes such as the ones devised by Warner Bros. aim to demystify the industry for young people, exposing them to its many facets and not just the glamorous gigs in front of the camera. Ryan Faughnder,, "Movie studio seeks a behind-the-scenes role in L.A. schools to help fix Hollywood's inclusion problem," 29 June 2018 Students are then responsible for parsing out the steps to demystify the issue, such as charting out individual characteristics of Mussolini and Hitler. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Inside a 'D' school: An Arizona junior high grapples with its state letter grade," 22 Mar. 2018 Stevie Nicks may be recognized as one of the most iconic female singers in rock ‘n’ roll, but a new book focusing on the Fleetwood Mac vocalist is attempting to demystify the star. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Stevie Nicks survived abusive relationship with former bandmate Lindsey Buckingham, crippling drug addiction, book claims," 6 July 2018 Jones covers everything from earthquakes to tsunamis, demystifying nature and pointing to ways to prepare for trouble. Gary Robbins,, "Books that will help you understand and prepare for natural disasters," 1 July 2018 The person who can get you that email, demystify finding an agent and perhaps even walk you through your first draft. Christopher Borrelli,, "Rebecca Makkai, author of Chicago-set 'The Great Believers,' knows the value of diligence," 20 June 2018 Winc, as Club W rebranded itself, intended to demystify wine and shrink the supply chain, not unlike Warby Parker's eyeglass play or the boxable foam mattresses of Casper. Kyle Stock,, "For this start-up, the secret to selling wine online is making it yourself," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of demystify

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of demystify was in 1963

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English Language Learners Definition of demystify

: to make (something) clear and easy to understand : to explain (something) so that it no longer confuses or mystifies someone

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