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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to relate, classify, and explain myths
: to create or perpetuate myths
mythologizer noun

Examples of mythologize in a Sentence

a politician who has been mythologized by his supporters
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mythologize was in 1603

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Cite this Entry

“Mythologize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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