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tr.v. myth·i·cized, myth·i·ciz·ing, myth·i·ciz·es
1. To turn (a person or an event) into myth: mythicizing the American trucker.
2. To interpret as a myth or in terms of mythology.


(ˈmɪθɪˌsaɪz) or


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (tr) to make into or treat as a myth
ˌmythiciˈzation, ˌmythiciˈsation n
ˈmythicist, ˈmythiˌcizer, ˈmythiˌciser n


(ˈmɪθ əˌsaɪz)

v.t. -cized, -ciz•ing.
to turn into or explain as a myth.
myth`i•ci•za′tion, n.
myth′i•ciz`er, n.


Past participle: mythicized
Gerund: mythicizing

I mythicize
you mythicize
he/she/it mythicizes
we mythicize
you mythicize
they mythicize
I mythicized
you mythicized
he/she/it mythicized
we mythicized
you mythicized
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Present Continuous
I am mythicizing
you are mythicizing
he/she/it is mythicizing
we are mythicizing
you are mythicizing
they are mythicizing
Present Perfect
I have mythicized
you have mythicized
he/she/it has mythicized
we have mythicized
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they have mythicized
Past Continuous
I was mythicizing
you were mythicizing
he/she/it was mythicizing
we were mythicizing
you were mythicizing
they were mythicizing
Past Perfect
I had mythicized
you had mythicized
he/she/it had mythicized
we had mythicized
you had mythicized
they had mythicized
I will mythicize
you will mythicize
he/she/it will mythicize
we will mythicize
you will mythicize
they will mythicize
Future Perfect
I will have mythicized
you will have mythicized
he/she/it will have mythicized
we will have mythicized
you will have mythicized
they will have mythicized
Future Continuous
I will be mythicizing
you will be mythicizing
he/she/it will be mythicizing
we will be mythicizing
you will be mythicizing
they will be mythicizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mythicizing
you have been mythicizing
he/she/it has been mythicizing
we have been mythicizing
you have been mythicizing
they have been mythicizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mythicizing
you will have been mythicizing
he/she/it will have been mythicizing
we will have been mythicizing
you will have been mythicizing
they will have been mythicizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mythicizing
you had been mythicizing
he/she/it had been mythicizing
we had been mythicizing
you had been mythicizing
they had been mythicizing
I would mythicize
you would mythicize
he/she/it would mythicize
we would mythicize
you would mythicize
they would mythicize
Past Conditional
I would have mythicized
you would have mythicized
he/she/it would have mythicized
we would have mythicized
you would have mythicized
they would have mythicized
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.mythicize - interpret as a myth or in terms of mythology; "mythicize the ancient stories"
construe, interpret, see - make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?"
2.mythicize - make into a myth; "The Europeans have mythicized Rte. 66"
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"
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