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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.
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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
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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.
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demythologize


Past participle: demythologized
Gerund: demythologizing

Imperative
demythologize
demythologize
Present
I demythologize
you demythologize
he/she/it demythologizes
we demythologize
you demythologize
they demythologize
Preterite
I demythologized
you demythologized
he/she/it demythologized
we demythologized
you demythologized
they demythologized
Present Continuous
I am demythologizing
you are demythologizing
he/she/it is demythologizing
we are demythologizing
you are demythologizing
they are demythologizing
Present Perfect
I have demythologized
you have demythologized
he/she/it has demythologized
we have demythologized
you have demythologized
they have demythologized
Past Continuous
I was demythologizing
you were demythologizing
he/she/it was demythologizing
we were demythologizing
you were demythologizing
they were demythologizing
Past Perfect
I had demythologized
you had demythologized
he/she/it had demythologized
we had demythologized
you had demythologized
they had demythologized
Future
I will demythologize
you will demythologize
he/she/it will demythologize
we will demythologize
you will demythologize
they will demythologize
Future Perfect
I will have demythologized
you will have demythologized
he/she/it will have demythologized
we will have demythologized
you will have demythologized
they will have demythologized
Future Continuous
I will be demythologizing
you will be demythologizing
he/she/it will be demythologizing
we will be demythologizing
you will be demythologizing
they will be demythologizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been demythologizing
you have been demythologizing
he/she/it has been demythologizing
we have been demythologizing
you have been demythologizing
they have been demythologizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been demythologizing
you will have been demythologizing
he/she/it will have been demythologizing
we will have been demythologizing
you will have been demythologizing
they will have been demythologizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been demythologizing
you had been demythologizing
he/she/it had been demythologizing
we had been demythologizing
you had been demythologizing
they had been demythologizing
Conditional
I would demythologize
you would demythologize
he/she/it would demythologize
we would demythologize
you would demythologize
they would demythologize
Past Conditional
I would have demythologized
you would have demythologized
he/she/it would have demythologized
we would have demythologized
you would have demythologized
they would have demythologized
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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"
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Translations

demythologize

[ˌdiːmɪˈθɒlədʒaɪz] VTdesmitificar
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