myth·​i·​cize ˈmi-thə-ˌsīz How to pronounce mythicize (audio)
mythicized; mythicizing

transitive verb

: to turn into or envelop in myth
: to treat as myth
mythicizer noun

Examples of mythicize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No, that means understanding and letting yourself be inspired by that work without mythicizing it. New York Times, 27 Feb. 2020 Karl Zschaetzsch, Edmund Kiss and Albert Herrmann—found in Atlantis the roots of the Aryans later mythicized by Hitler. James Romm, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2018

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Word History


mythic + -ize

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mythicize was in 1840

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“Mythicize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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