euhemerism

noun
eu·​he·​mer·​ism | \ yü-ˈhē-mə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce euhemerism (audio) , -ˈhe-mə-\

Definition of euhemerism

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

Other Words from euhemerism

euhemerist \ yü-​ˈhē-​mə-​rist How to pronounce euhemerist (audio) , -​ˈhe-​mə-​ \ noun
euhemeristic \ yü-​ˌhē-​mə-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce euhemeristic (audio) , -​ˌhe-​mə-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of euhemerism

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for euhemerism

Euhemerus, 4th century b.c. Greek mythographer

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