demythologize

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de- +‎ mythologize

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demythologize (third-person singular simple present demythologizes, present participle demythologizing, simple past and past participle demythologized)

  1. (transitive) To remove the mythological elements of.
    Archaeological evidence has demythologized some parts of the Bible.
    • 2012, Rebecca S. Watson, Chaos Uncreated:
      However, the notion that an originally “mythological” figure has been “depotentized”, then variously “repotentized” or further “demythologized” by later, dependent authors, though the “mythological” understanding finally prevailed in later Jewish literature, does not sound entirely convincing.

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