verb (used with object), de·my·thol·o·gized, de·my·thol·o·giz·ing.
- 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.
- to make less mysterious or mythical so as to give a more human character to: to demythologize the presidency.
verb (used without object), de·my·thol·o·gized, de·my·thol·o·giz·ing.
- to separate mythological, legendary, or apocryphal elements from a writing, work of art, historical figure, etc.
- to eliminate all mythical elements from (a piece of writing, esp the Bible) so as to arrive at an essential meaning
- to restate (a message, esp a religious one) in rational terms