Pronunciation: (dē"mi-thol'u-jīz"), [key]
—v., -gized, -giz•ing.
1. to divest of mythological or legendary attributes or forms, as in order to permit clearer appraisal and understanding: to demythologize the music dramas of Richard Wagner for modern listeners.
2. to make less mysterious or mythical so as to give a more human character to: to demythologize the presidency.
to separate mythological, legendary, or apocryphal elements from a writing, work of art, historical figure, etc. Also, esp. Brit.,de"my•thol'o•gise".
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