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From mythology +‎ -ize, after Middle French mythologiser.



mythologize (third-person singular simple present mythologizes, present participle mythologizing, simple past and past participle mythologized)

  1. (transitive, now rare) To interpret (a story etc.) as mythological; to explain the symbolic meaning of. [from 17th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, The Essayes, [], printed at London: [] Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      , II.10:
      Most of Æsopes fables have divers senses, and severall interpretations: Those which Mythologize them, chuse some kinde of colour well-suting with the fable; but for the most part, it is no more than the first and superficiall glosse [].
  2. (intransitive) To construct a myth or mythology. [from 17th c.]
  3. (transitive) To make (something or someone) into a myth; to create a legend about. [from 19th c.]


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