What does myth mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. myth(noun)

    a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people


  1. myth(Noun)

    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.

  2. myth(Noun)

    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)

  3. myth(Noun)

    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.

  4. myth(Noun)

    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)

  5. Origin: From . English since 1830.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Myth(noun)

    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

  2. Myth(noun)

    a person or thing existing only in imagination, or whose actual existence is not verifiable

  3. Origin: [Gr. my^qos myth, fable, tale, talk, speech: cf. F. mythe.]


  1. Myth

    Myth is a series of real-time tactics video games. The games are: ⁕Myth: The Fallen Lords ⁕Myth II: Soulblighter ⁕Myth III: The Wolf Age Myth and Myth II were developed and self-published by Bungie between 1997 and 1999. As a result of Bungie's sale to Microsoft in 2000, the company lost the franchise rights to Take 2 Interactive. Myth III: The Wolf Age was developed by MumboJumbo and released by Take Two in 2001; it received generally good reviews, though many cited a number of bugs in the initial release. The Myth games are categorized as real-time tactics, representing a departure from established real-time strategy titles such as Warcraft and Command & Conquer; resource retrieval and unit construction were removed entirely to focus on squad- and soldier-level tactics. Some have argued that this has given the game a far greater sense of realism than its contemporaries. Some reviewers noticed that the Myth games drew a great deal of influence from Glen Cook's book series The Black Company.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Myth

    mith, n. a fable, a legend, a fabulous narrative founded on a remote event, esp. those made in the early period of a people's existence: an invented story: a falsehood.—adjs. Myth′ic, -al, relating to myths: fabulous: untrue.—adv. Myth′ically.—ns. Myth′icist, Myth′iciser, an adherent of the mythical theory; Myth′ist, a maker of myths; Mythogen′esis, the production of, or the tendency to originate, myths; Mythog′rapher, a writer or narrator of myths; Mythog′raphy, representation of myths in graphic or plastic art, art-mythology; Mythol′oger, Mytholō′gian, a mythologist.—adjs. Mytholog′ic, -al, relating to mythology, fabulous.—adv. Mytholog′ically.—v.t. Mythol′ogise, to interpret or explain myths: to render mythical.—ns. Mythol′ogiser, one who, or that which, mythologises; Mythol′ogist, one versed in, or who writes on, mythology; Mythol′ogy, the myths or stories of a country: a treatise regarding myths: a collection of myths: the science which investigates myths; Mython′omy, the deductive and predictive stage of mythology; Myth′oplasm, a narration of mere fable; Mythopœ′ist, a myth-maker.—adjs. Mythopoet′ic, Mythopœ′ic, myth-making, tending to generate myth.—n. Myth′us, the same as myth:—pl. Myth′ī.—Mythical theory, the theory of D. F. Strauss (1808-74) and his school, that the Gospels are mainly a collection of myths, developed during the first two centuries, from the imagination of the followers of Jesus; Comparative mythology, the science which investigates myths and seeks to relate those of different races. [Gr. mythos.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'myth' in Nouns Frequency: #1803


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of myth in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of myth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Eissenberg:

    There is an oft-repeated myth that water pipe use in this country is only occasional and thus somehow not harmful.

  2. Goran Amnegard:

    There is this myth about the cold weather here, the moose and the polar bears, we have had more or less Mediterranean summers.

  3. Herbert Samuel:

    Without doubt the greatest injury was done by basing morals on myth, for sooner or later myth is recognized for what it is, and disappears. Then morality loses the foundation on which it has been built.

  4. Lord Samuel, "Romanes Lecture", 1947:

    Without a doubt the greatest injury of all was done by basing morals on myth. For, sooner or later, myth is recognized for what it is, and disappears. Then morality loses the foundation on which it has been built.

  5. Florence Henderson:

    It’s foolish to think that older people don’t enjoy sex. It’s a big myth, there is no age limit on the enjoyment of sex...you learn to do things with more experience, intelligence and the ability to choose more wisely.

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