euhemerist


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eu·he·mer·ism

 (yo͞o-hē′mə-rĭz′əm, -hĕm′ə-)
n.
A theory attributing the origin of the gods to the deification of historical heroes.

[After Euhemerus, fourth-century bc Greek philosopher.]

eu·he′mer·ist n.
eu·he′mer·is′tic adj.
eu·he′mer·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
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