euhemerism (n.) 1846, "the method of regarding myths as glorified accounts of actual events or persons," from Euhemerus of Sicily (4c. B.C.E.), who wrote "Iera Anagraphe," in which he maintained the Greek deities actually were historical mortals. His name is lit. "good day," from eu "well" (see EU- (Cf. eu-)) + hemera "day" (see EPHEMERA (Cf. ephemera)). Related: Euhemerist; euhemeristic.

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  • Euhemerism — Eu*hem er*ism . [L. Euhemerus, Gr. ? a philosopher, about 300 ?.] The theory, held by Euhemerus, that the gods of mythology were but deified mortals, and their deeds only the amplification in imagination of human acts. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • euhemerism — noun Etymology: Euhemerus, 4th century B.C. Greek mythographer Date: 1846 interpretation of myths as traditional accounts of historical persons and events • euhemerist noun • euhemeristic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • euhemerism — eu·he·mer·ism …   English syllables

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