my·​thol·​o·​gize | \mi-ˈthä-lə-ˌjīz \
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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mythologizer noun

Examples of mythologize in a Sentence

a politician who has been mythologized by his supporters

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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 Workplaces everywhere are struggling to find the sweet spot between productivity and having a good time, and there’s a lot of mythologizing the notion of fun. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Shock Claim: Bill Belichick Not Barrel of Laughs," 3 June 2018 Funny, nobody seemed to mind the classic Lakers-Celtics battles of the 1980s, which now are almost mythologized. K.c. Johnson,, "NBA Finals matchup: Who has edge between Warriors-Cavaliers?," 30 May 2018 Her voyages mingle with sketches of writers like Boris Pilnyak and Vladimir Nabokov, which explore these artists’ lifelong work of self-mythologizing. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Chronicle: Love Among the Higher Primates," 20 Apr. 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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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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