noun \ˈmith\

: an idea or story that is believed by many people but that is not true

: a story that was told in an ancient culture to explain a practice, belief, or natural occurrence

: such stories as a group

Full Definition of MYTH

a :  a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon
b :  parable, allegory
a :  a popular belief or tradition that has grown up around something or someone; especially :  one embodying the ideals and institutions of a society or segment of society <seduced by the American myth of individualism — Orde Coombs>
b :  an unfounded or false notion
:  a person or thing having only an imaginary or unverifiable existence
:  the whole body of myths

Examples of MYTH

  1. It's an enduring myth that money brings happiness.
  2. I don't believe the myths and legends about this forest.
  3. Contrary to popular myth, no monster lives in this lake.

Origin of MYTH

Greek mythos
First Known Use: 1830

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms

elysian, fay, muse, nimbus, phoenix

Rhymes with MYTH


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