from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To rid of mythological elements in order to discover the underlying meaning: demythologize biblical legends.
- transitive v. To remove the mysterious or mythical aspects from: "providing an antiheroic age with heroes suitably demythologized, yet also grand” ( John Simon).
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- v. to remove the mythological elements of something in order to find the underlying meaning
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to remove the mythical elements from; -- of writings, such as the Bible.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. remove the mythical element from (writings)
This can "demythologize" the authority figure just enough to make the child more comfortable with them, without undermining their authority over the child.
This kind of project is at least as old as Rudolf Bultmann's effort to "demythologize" the New Testament with the aid of Heidegger's existential categories.
"demythologize" the texts and the theolgoies dependening on them.
His archives also contain a later attempt at a sequel that deals with his years as president and was intended to demythologize him.
I smiled and smiled because, as I remember, there are just some things that he doesn't want to demythologize.
What they do is demythologize the whole thing ... but I don't want facts, I want stories and legends!
I appreciate that he would consider to do a review of my work and demythologize the mysteries surrounding the “phenomenon” of Peter McLaren.
It's mildly interesting that her academic art world prose _de_humanizes and mythologizes her work as it seeks to humanize and demythologize historical authority figures.
Polly Jean wrote: "It's mildly interesting that her academic art world prose _de_humanizes and mythologizes her work as it seeks to humanize and demythologize historical authority figures."
This is activist cinema at its very best, for it serves to popularize and demythologize a problem long obscured by those most threatened by the solution.