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mɪˈθɒl ə dʒimythol·o·gy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mythologynoun

    myths collectively; the body of stories associated with a culture or institution or person

  2. mythologynoun

    the study of myths

Wiktionary

  1. mythologynoun

    The collection of myths of a people, concerning the origin of the people, history, deities, ancestors and heroes.

  2. mythologynoun

    A similar body of myths concerning an event, person or institution.

  3. mythologynoun

    Pervasive elements of a fictional universe that resemble a mythological universe.

  4. mythologynoun

    The systematic collection and study of myths.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mythologynoun

    the science which treats of myths; a treatise on myths

    Etymology: [F. mythologie, L. mythologia, Gr. myqologi`a; my^qos, fable, myth + lo`gos speech, discourse.]

  2. Mythologynoun

    a body of myths; esp., the collective myths which describe the gods of a heathen people; as, the mythology of the Greeks

    Etymology: [F. mythologie, L. mythologia, Gr. myqologi`a; my^qos, fable, myth + lo`gos speech, discourse.]

Freebase

  1. Mythology

    A mythology is a body or collection of myths as well as the study of them. In folkloristics, a myth is a sacred narrative usually explaining how the world or humankind came to be in its present form, although, in a very broad sense, the word can refer to any traditional story. Bruce Lincoln defines myth as "ideology in narrative form". Myths may arise as either truthful depictions or overelaborated accounts of historical events, as allegory for or personification of natural phenomena, or as an explanation of ritual. They are transmitted to convey religious or idealized experience, to establish behavioral models, and to teach. Early rival classifications of Greek mythos by Euhemerus, Plato's Phaedrus, and Sallustius were developed by the neoplatonists and revived by Renaissance mythographers as in the Theologia mythologica. Nineteenth-century comparative mythology reinterpreted myth as evolution toward science, "disease of language", or misinterpretation of magical ritual. Later interpretations rejected opposition between myth and science, such as Jungian archetypes, Joseph Campbell's "metaphor of spiritual potentiality", or Lévi-Strauss's fixed mental architecture. Tension between Campbell's comparative search for monomyth or Ur-myth and anthropological mythologists' skepticism of universal origin has marked the 20th century. Further, modern mythopoeia such as fantasy novels, manga, and urban legend, with many competing artificial mythoi acknowledged as fiction, supports the idea of myth as ongoing social practice.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Mythology

    A body of stories, the origins of which may be unknown or forgotten, that serve to explain practices, beliefs, institutions or natural phenomena. Mythology includes legends and folk tales. It may refer to classical mythology or to a body of modern thought and modern life. (From Webster's 1st ed)

Etymology and Origins

  1. Mythology

    From the Greek muthos, a fable, and logos, a discourse. This was essentially a religion built upon fable.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mythology in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mythology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of mythology in a Sentence

  1. Mara Einstein:

    Well, they've reopened Playboy Club, but they haven't changed the mythology, the mythology is Hugh Hefner sitting in a mansion with a bunch of women with no clothes on.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    After a long time of hot and dry weather, the first rain of the season creates an exquisite fragrance in the air - an earthy scent that permeates around us, refreshing our minds and uplifting our spirits. I love that amazingly wonderful sweet scent. Did you know that this elegant fragrance has an interesting name too? It's called "Petrichor"; a word derived from Greek language, i.e. "Petra" meaning ‘stone’, while "Ichor" is the fluid that flows in the veins of the Gods - per Greek mythology. Petrichor is surely a divine perfume that must be a gift from Supreme Power. If my life were a fragrance, I would like her to smell like Petrichor.

  3. George Steiner:

    Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and archive mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement, against that past.

  4. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Biological infantilism atrophies in a person many useful qualities of survival due to selfishness, the population of mankind will be significantly reduced. 2. Machine logic Outside, we look like people, but inside we are as if machines that created evolution itself. Machine mechanisms of thinking moving from one extreme to another. The logic is completely automatic. Inside, everything works very accurately for a normal person, if something breaks, this person is called a madman. This is the absolute power of logic over everything. Robotic consciousness in which everything seems exotic when it is not a profit, but romance. 3. The subconscious mind is capricious and therefore paradoxical, it does not listen to the wisdom of the universe. 4. All reflexes of thinking are just gears twisted by the experience of life. 5. The main geography of the organism The basic geography of an organism is entirely based on the life experience of evolution. Constantly corrected by selfishness that will disrupt the basic ecosystem of thinking and human health. 6. Fear is the basis of all desires. 7. Cosmetics, clothing shopping and plastic surgery are pain relievers for your ego, dear ladies, but not a medicine. 8. We all admire geniuses. Before the talents. This is totemism. This is paganism where every genius as a god is responsible for his ability. We have become pagans of media mythology. 9. Sleep is self-criticism and self-irony. 10. Loneliness is when all the threads connecting with communication break and you stop being a puppet. 11. You will become more successful when all stupid desires die out in you. 12. Successful people are obsessed with the idea that they are always late. 13. A rich man thinks like a sultan. More secret wives, more mistresses, more prostitutes, he is not a prince, he just bought you like a barbie at a sex toy store. 14. The world is a masterpiece of adaptation and there is an endless space around us, but nature is our space. 15. Immortality which will give you to find the secrets of being. All the secrets of awareness will be revealed by eternity. 16. Thinking constantly mutates, instincts and reflexes acquire new qualities of ability, philosophy acquires new armor, and thinking new claws in the process of adaptation. 17. Insomnia is the epicenter of loneliness, a painful point of inevitability. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    Theoretically, do I think that a director of the FBI who knows for a fact that something is mythology but (is) misleading to the American people, and he should set the record straight? Yes, I do think he should say that, publicly.

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