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mythologize

To mythologize is to turn an event into a myth, especially by exaggerating it. Some parents mythologize the story of their child's birth, telling it again and again until it becomes a well-known story.

When you talk about the past, or some incident or experience from your life, you can mythologize it by making it slightly more exciting and interesting, and by re-telling the tale over and over. An actual myth becomes well-known through repetition by many people over many years (generations, even). To turn an ordinary event into something of a myth is to mythologize it. The word comes from the Greek mythos, "story, speech, or anything delivered by word of mouth."

Definitions of mythologize
  1. verb
    make into a myth
    synonyms: mythicise, mythicize, mythologise
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    Antonyms:
    demythologise, demythologize
    remove the mythical element from (writings)
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    construct a myth
    “The poet mythologized that the King had three sons”
    synonyms: mythologise
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    type of:
    cook up, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture
    make up something artificial or untrue
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