Definition of mythologize in US English:


(British mythologise)


[with object]
  • 1Convert into myth or mythology; make the subject of a myth.

    ‘there is a grave danger of mythologizing the past’
    1. 1.1 Create or promote an exaggerated or idealized image of.
      ‘much of his life was devoted to mythologizing his own career’
      • ‘Poets, writers, singers and filmmakers have all mythologized the shearer as the quintessential Australian - an honest, hard-working, hard-drinking, no-nonsense man.’
      • ‘Some people become so famous that they are mythologised far beyond who they really are.’
      • ‘Ordinary people are acting out a rampant yearning to be glamourized and mythologized by eagerly submitting to reality TV's 24/7 camera surveillance.’
      • ‘We British have always been pretty poor at mythologising the world around us.’
      • ‘Will the former dictator be mythologised as a hero or reviled as the tyrant he was?’
      • ‘And it mythologizes it in such a way, such a romantic way - it basically says, ‘Everybody who made it through adolescence is a hero.’’
      • ‘However, the landscape which was mythologised during the Literary Revival in the early twentieth century, was generally that of the west of Ireland.’
      • ‘And although your father's career has been less mythologized, he is obviously someone who worked very hard to become a successful actor.’
      • ‘The first is simply that precise thinking about history is always better than mythologizing the past.’
      • ‘He doesn't deserve to be mythologised and turned into some hero played by movie stars.’
      • ‘No matter what I say or do people mythologize me.’
      • ‘Second, Gaudi has been mythologized; he is variously described as a saint (and in fact, a group is avidly pursuing his beatification), a sinner, an egomaniac, a tyrant, and a gentle soul.’
      • ‘Todd also resists mythologizing the artists - a common strategy for films about art.’
      • ‘To further mould and mythologise their stars' personae, the studios regularly fed gossip to fan mags, engineered spicy, fitting off-screen scandals.’
      • ‘Freedland drew many comparisons: both Rome and the US have promoted a cult of personality of the leader, seeking to mythologise the legitimacy of empire in founding myths.’
      • ‘Even as they have been mythologized by the many, they have been demythologized by at least a few.’
      • ‘The truth is, we cannot possibly resist mythologizing ourselves.’
      • ‘If he was a music writer during the 90s, then not only did he live the dream, but also he invented it, and now he is duty bound to mythologise it, lest we all forget any of it ever happened.’
      • ‘But wars are always mythologized, even as they're being waged, and that can often distort their meaning in the popular imagination.’