Meaning of demythologize in English:


(British demythologise)

Pronunciation /diːmɪˈθɒlədʒʌɪz/


[with object]
  • 1Reinterpret (a subject) so that it is free of mythical elements.

    ‘the biographer undertakes to demythologize a man who is for many a modern saint’
    • ‘‘Stalin isn't subject to demythologizing, and this proves that he is alive,’ wrote Marina Koldovskaya in the liberal weekly magazine Novoye Vremya.’
    • ‘Man would be free, he said, if we could demythologize religion.’
    • ‘I think that in whatever we can - in whatever way we can, we do want to demythologize the illness.’
    • ‘This article suggests that it is possible to demythologise Gallipoli while still honouring the sacrifice of the Anzacs and the Allied soldiers who fell on the peninsula in 1915.’
    • ‘The demythologizing of the aftermath of the event can be one-consequence of juxtaposing the sources and treating the information they provide in a comparative manner.’
    • ‘I think there is no doubt at all as Christopher says, that there has been a demythologizing of Dina since her death.’
    1. 1.1Reinterpret what are considered to be mythological elements of (the Bible).
      ‘The other side of his theology is demythologizing.’
      • ‘My way of demythologizing the case for public funding of stem-cell research will not, I fear, make much difference, even if plausible.’
      • ‘In the first part of the book, Stahl attempts to demythologize technology by demonstrating its implicit religious character.’
      • ‘It's trying to demythologise church doctrine.’
      • ‘How, then, do we demythologize and render impotent the demons in our lives?’
      • ‘But Canadian researchers, scholars and writers alike have been working for years to address this by publishing a range of books that seek to demythologize this history.’
      • ‘He sought to demythologize Galileo, particularly the version that had become popular in the eighteenth century of Galileo the experimenter.’
      • ‘In scenes from other cycles, he demythologises Biblical heroes and figures from history.’
      • ‘Such an approach, I hope, may go some modest distance to demythologise the law of defamation.’
      • ‘The delicate part of the task that I see as pertinent is to avoid demythologising.’
      • ‘The demythologizing of the hierarchy was under way.’
      • ‘Furthermore, although writing was initially used in the service of solidifying and disseminating mythological perspectives, the impetus toward critical, analytical thought was essentially a demythologizing move.’
      • ‘So who will benefit from this gradually paced demythologizing of one of the most legendary and deliberately paradoxical writers and personalities in recent American letters?’
      • ‘There is a fundamental paradox in Heidegger: he tries to maintain the ethos of the mythic (the sentimentality about pre-industrial rural life) in a demythologized world of capitalist exchange value.’
      • ‘Kant's demythologized religion was not uncommon among his contemporaries.’