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de·my·thol·o·gize

 (dē′mĭ-thŏl′ə-jīz′)
tr.v. de·my·thol·o·gized, de·my·thol·o·giz·ing, de·my·thol·o·giz·es
1. To rid of mythological elements in order to discover the underlying meaning: demythologize biblical legends.
2. To remove the mysterious or mythical aspects from: "providing an antiheroic age with heroes suitably demythologized, yet also grand" (John Simon).

de′my·thol′o·gi·za′tion (-jĭ-zā′shən) n.
de′my·thol′o·giz′er n.

demythologize

(ˌdiːmɪˈθɒləˌdʒaɪz) or

demythologise

vb (tr)
1. (Theology) to eliminate all mythical elements from (a piece of writing, esp the Bible) so as to arrive at an essential meaning
2. (Theology) to restate (a message, esp a religious one) in rational terms
ˌdemyˌthologiˈzation, ˌdemyˌthologiˈsation n

de•my•thol•o•gize

(ˌdi mɪˈθɒl əˌdʒaɪz)

v.t. -gized, -giz•ing.
to divest of mythological attributes, as to permit clearer understanding.
[1945–50]
de`my•thol`o•gi•za′tion, n.
de`my•thol′o•giz`er, n.

demythologize


Past participle: demythologized
Gerund: demythologizing

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Preterite
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Present Continuous
I am demythologizing
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Present Perfect
I have demythologized
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Past Continuous
I was demythologizing
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Past Perfect
I had demythologized
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Future
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
I will be demythologizing
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
I would demythologize
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.demythologize - remove the mythical element from (writings); "the Bible should be demythologized and examined for its historical value"
Christian Bible, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture, Bible, Word of God, Book, Word - the sacred writings of the Christian religions; "he went to carry the Word to the heathen"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
mythicise, mythicize, mythologise, mythologize - make into a myth; "The Europeans have mythicized Rte. 66"
Translations

demythologize

[ˌdiːmɪˈθɒlədʒaɪz] VTdesmitificar

demythologize

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