Definition of mythicize in English:


(British mythicise)


[with object]
  • Make (someone or something) the subject of a myth or myths.

    ‘the figure of Jesus had been mythicized by the religious imagination of the early Christians’
    • ‘But by mythicising his illness he extracted more from the experience than he would had he recognised its true provenance.’
    • ‘The characters are themselves responsible for thus mythicizing the geographical journey; each of them embarks on an ‘imagined journey from periphery to centre’.’
    • ‘Virgil recognizes the anomaly of expunged Trojan origins and effectively mythicizes it in Book 12 of the Aeneid.’
    • ‘For 200 years, to be an American hero was to be mythicized as being almost biblically good.’