adjective myth·i·cal \ˈmi-thi-kəl\

: based on or described in a myth

: existing only in the imagination

Full Definition of MYTHICAL

:  based on or described in a myth especially as contrasted with history
usually mythical :  existing only in the imagination :  fictitious, imaginary <constructed a mythical all-star team>
usually mythic :  having qualities suitable to myth :  legendary <the twilight of a mythic professional career — Clayton Riley>
myth·i·cal·ly \-thi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of MYTHICAL

myth·i·cal or myth·ic \-thik\

Examples of MYTHICAL

  1. Hercules was a mythical hero who was half man and half god.
  2. gods fighting in a mythical battle in the sky
  3. The sportswriters picked a mythical all-star team.
  4. The benefits of the new policy proved to be mythical.

First Known Use of MYTHICAL


Synonym Discussion of MYTHICAL

fictitious, fabulous, legendary, mythical, apocryphal mean having the nature of something imagined or invented. fictitious implies fabrication and suggests artificiality or contrivance more than deliberate falsification or deception <fictitious characters>. fabulous stresses the marvelous or incredible character of something without necessarily implying impossibility or actual nonexistence <a land of fabulous riches>. legendary suggests the elaboration of invented details and distortion of historical facts produced by popular tradition <the legendary exploits of Davy Crockett>. mythical implies a purely fanciful explanation of facts or the creation of beings and events out of the imagination <mythical creatures>. apocryphal implies an unknown or dubious source or origin or may imply that the thing itself is dubious or inaccurate <a book that repeats many apocryphal stories>.
MYTHICALLY Defined for Kids


adjective myth·i·cal \ˈmi-thi-kəl\

Definition of MYTHICAL for Kids

:  based on or told of in a myth <a mythical hero>
:  imaginary <a mythical town>


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