Definitions for mythmɪθ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a traditional or legendary story, esp. one that involves gods and heroes and explains a cultural practice or natural phenomenon.
stories of this kind collectively.
an invented story, fictitious person, etc.:
His account of the event is pure myth.
a belief or set of beliefs, often unproven or false, that have accrued around a person, phenomenon, or institution:
myths of racial superiority.
* Syn: See legend.
Origin of myth:
1820–30; < LL mȳthos < Gk mŷthos story, word
a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
an ancient story used to explain sth
a Native American myth about the creation of the world; the characters of Greek myth
sth that many people believe to be good or true, which is not
the myth of the president's economic policies
A traditional story which embodies a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; a sacred narrative regarding a god, a hero, the origin of the world or of a people, etc.
such stories as a genre
Myth was the product of man's emotion and imagination, acted upon by his surroundings. (E. Clodd, Myths & Dreams (1885), 7, cited after OED)
A commonly-held but false belief, a common misconception; a fictitious or imaginary person or thing; a popular conception about a real person or event which exaggerates or idealizes reality.
A person or thing held in excessive or quasi-religious awe or admiration based on popular legend
Father Flanagan was legendary, his institution an American myth. (Tucson (Arizona) Citizen, 20 September 1979, 5A/3, cited after OED)
Origin: From . English since 1830.
a story of great but unknown age which originally embodied a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; an ancient legend of a god, a hero, the origin of a race, etc.; a wonder story of prehistoric origin; a popular fable which is, or has been, received as historical
a person or thing existing only in imagination, or whose actual existence is not verifiable
Translations for myth
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
an ancient, fictional story, especially one dealing with gods, heroes etc.
- mitoPortuguese (BR)
- die (Götter-) SageGerman
- कल्पित कथाHindi
- mit, pričaCroatian
- (gude)sagn, myteNorwegian
- mit, bajkaSlovenian
- myt, gudasagaSwedish
- 神話Chinese (Trad.)
- اسطور، روایتی قصہUrdu
- thần thoạiVietnamese
- 神话Chinese (Simp.)
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