my·​thol·​o·​gize | \ mi-ˈthä-lə-ˌjīz How to pronounce mythologize (audio) \
mythologized; mythologizing

Definition of mythologize

transitive verb

1 obsolete : to explain the mythological significance of
2 : to build a myth around : mythicize

intransitive verb

1 : to relate, classify, and explain myths
2 : to create or perpetuate myths

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Other Words from mythologize

mythologizer noun

Examples of mythologize in a Sentence

a politician who has been mythologized by his supporters

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Other artists who depicted themselves remain young in our collective memory — the exuberance of their early self-mythologizing persists as their defining image. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "The Rijksmuseum displayed ‘all the Rembrandts,’ and crowds went crazy," 7 June 2019 Forty years later, a backwoods hunter from Kentucky who grew up in a log cabin won the presidency, in part by mythologizing his own origins on the frontier in terms of the natural aristocracy of the common man. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "America’s Original Identity Politics," 7 Feb. 2019 There’s a lot of mythologizing out there that claims Trump is some kind of Teflon figure who isn’t hurt by the various scandals and controversies surrounding him. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "A much-too-early 2020 poll has some bad news for Donald Trump," 22 Aug. 2018 Where Gevers had mythologized himself as visionary thought leader, the report presented a long list of odd, dead-end projects. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 This belief strikes against the core theme of Kudos, which is that such frameworks, particularly of the self-mythologizing variety, are illusory and misguided. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Empty Space of Rachel Cusk," 15 June 2018 That seems to be exactly what Orange is doing: homing in, documentary-like, on the details, using fiction as a camera that sees and records without mythologizing. Chelsea Leu, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘There There,’ by Tommy Orange," 6 June 2018 Several decades in the future that incident has been mythologized in Chinese culture and becomes the source material for a beloved East-West musical in China. Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hwang’s ‘Soft Power’ — part play, part musical — sparked by ‘King and I’ revival," 14 June 2018 The sisters’ family life has already been documented on Bravo — but Kyle Richards is further mythologizing their family life by producing a dramedy, American Woman, loosely based on their late mother, Kathy Dugan., "This Show Is Based On The Childhood Of A Real Housewife Of Beverly Hills," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of mythologize

1603, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for mythologize

borrowed from Middle French mythologiser, from mythologie mythology + -iser -ize

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The first known use of mythologize was in 1603

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English Language Learners Definition of mythologize

: to talk about or describe (someone or something) as a subject that deserves to be told about in a myth or legend : to make (someone or something) seem great or heroic

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