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There is this beautiful woman I always wanted, and who looked so beautiful and pure, like a goddess, and then we dated and she lost all this glory and she became just another girl.

What do you call the process that my concept of her went through?

Share your most beautiful words!

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Here I thought you were looking for the opposite of apotheosis. – tchrist May 31 '12 at 0:50
You had a reality check – FumbleFingers May 31 '12 at 1:43
"There are only two types of women: goddesses and doormats." -- Picasso – Pitarou May 31 '12 at 3:43
Kind of the opposite of apotheosis? – T.E.D. May 31 '12 at 21:15
I've been through this with a woman also. But better to have dated and "lost" than not at all. english.stackexchange.com/questions/54487/… – Tom Au Jul 6 '12 at 17:59
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At their root, disillusion and disenchant capture this process perfectly:

disillusion, tr.v. : to free from or deprive of illusion

disenchant, tr.v. : to free from enchantment

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One could add disenamored to the list as well. – J.R. May 31 '12 at 1:25

A couple of idioms came to mind:

You could say when you were pining for her that you put her on a pedestal, but familiarity knocked her off.

You could also say that familiarity bred contempt.

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A descriptive word might be undeified, as in you "undeified" her.

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Disabused could also fit here, assuming that the reality was corrective of an erroneous first impression or judgment.

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