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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mythnoun

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


  1. mythnoun

    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.

    Etymology: From . English since 1830.

  2. mythnoun

    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)

    Etymology: From . English since 1830.

  3. mythnoun

    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.

    Etymology: From . English since 1830.

  4. mythnoun

    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)

    Etymology: From . English since 1830.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mythnoun

    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

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

  2. Mythnoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. myth

    Obelisk, tower, land, or anything for directing the course by sight.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of myth in a Sentence

  1. Tim Berners-Lee:

    Maybe it's a myth.

  2. Mohamed Azaitraoui:

    Better not to wake up one day and find they've gone, teens think they are Rambos: invincible. They are told they'll be offered salvation in Syria. It's a delectable myth.

  3. Alexander Grushko:

    There cannot be a return to 'business as usual' with NATO as long as the alliance does not reconsider its containment policy toward Russia and does stop bloating the myth of a military threat from Russia.

  4. AiR:

    Money is not everything! Look around you, what do you find? Is it that all rich people are glad? No, many of them are sad. This proves that it is not money that makes people happy. Of course, money gives us pleasure. With money, we can buy a home but then, we can’t buy happiness. With money we can buy medicine but we can’t buy health. With money we can buy a bed, but we can’t buy sleep. So, money is important but it’s not everything. Unfortunately, people think that money, success, achievement equals happiness. However, this is a myth. This is not the truth. We must realize this when we look at rich people, and we must always count our blessings.

  5. Don DeLillo:

    America is the world's living myth. There's no sense of wrong when you kill an American or blame America for some local disaster. This is our function, to be character types, to embody recurring themes that people can use to comfort themselves, justify themselves and so on. We're here to accommodate. Whatever people need, we provide. A myth is a useful thing.

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    steering mechanism for a vessel; a mechanical device by which a vessel is steered
    • A. helm
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    • C. hunch
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