Meaning of demythologize

de•my•thol•o•gize

Pronunciation: (dē"mi-thol'u-jīz"), [key]
— v., -gized, -giz•ing.
—v.t.
  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.
—v.i.
  1. to separate mythological, legendary, or apocryphal elements from a writing, work of art, historical figure, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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