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
Recent Examples on the Web The Knights Templar had actually been mythologized in popular culture as early as the 13th century in the Grail epic Parzival by German knight and poet Wolfram von Eschenbach. Patrick Masters, Quartz, "The true history of the conspiracy theories about the Knights Templar," 30 Dec. 2019 If the French Quarter is mythologized as New World sophistication, then New Orleans East is the encroaching wilderness. Sarah M. Broom, The New Yorker, "Who Stays Gone, and Who Can Afford to Return," 12 Aug. 2019 To their compulsory need for mythologizing their history. Damon Young, Time, "How I Came to View the American Flag as a Threat," 12 Sep. 2019 NFL Films, a catalyst in mythologizing pro football, produces more than 1,000 hours of programming per year., "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 The Speed-Gun Kid, the 23-year-old nobody who recently signed a contract with the A’s after throwing 96 mph at a ballpark radar-gun booth for fans, tried Monday to de-mythologize his journey. Scott Ostler,, "‘This is real’: How A’s Nathan Patterson went from sales to slinging fastballs," 12 Aug. 2019 Since then, she's been mythologized and picked apart in various works of TV and movies — but Tate's sister, Debra, told TMZ that Quentin Tarantino's movie Once Upon a Time in... Elena Nicolaou,, "Everything You Need To Know About Sharon Tate's Life — Not Death," 25 July 2019 While female celebrities like Love are criticized for their rebellion, male celebrities, like Cobain for example, are celebrated and mythologized for it. Lisawhill, Longreads, "Live Through This: Courtney Love at 55," 9 July 2019 Your interview style has been mythologized for your refusal to impose yourself in an exchange. Nathan Taylor Pemberton, The New Republic, "“Stop Telling Me Your Opinion”: An Exit Interview With C-SPAN’s Founder," 26 June 2019

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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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5 Jan 2020

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“Mythologize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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