de·​my·​thol·​o·​gize | \ ˌdē-mi-ˈthä-lə-ˌjīz How to pronounce demythologize (audio) \
demythologized; demythologizing; demythologizes

Definition of demythologize

transitive verb

1 : to divest of mythological forms in order to uncover the meaning underlying them demythologize the Gospels
2 : to divest of mythical elements or associations

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Other Words from demythologize

demythologization \ ˌdē-​mi-​ˌthä-​lə-​jə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce demythologize (audio) \ noun
demythologizer \ ˌdē-​mi-​ˈthä-​lə-​ˌjī-​zər How to pronounce demythologize (audio) \ noun

Examples of demythologize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coe wants to compassionately demythologize Jones, and thoroughly. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 4 May 2021 The result is that these people aren't really demythologizing him at all. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Apr. 2018 Ruinous imperialist campaigns sharpened Euripides’ demythologizing mockery. Charles Mcnulty,, 8 Sep. 2017 Both writers are intent on demythologizing the American West, retaining the best of the frontier spirit—the self-reliance, the stoicism, the taciturn wit—while conjuring its worst aspects. Mary Kaye Schilling, Newsweek, 28 July 2017

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First Known Use of demythologize

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 May 2021

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“Demythologize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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