—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. to separate mythological, legendary, or apocryphal elements from a writing, work of art, historical figure, etc. Also,esp. Brit.,de"my•thol'o•gise".