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mythology

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noun my·thol·o·gy \mi-ˈthä-lə-jē\

Simple Definition of mythology

  • : the myths of a particular group or culture

  • : ideas that are believed by many people but that are not true

Full Definition of mythology

plural my·thol·o·gies

  1. 1 :  an allegorical narrative

  2. 2 :  a body of myths: as a :  the myths dealing with the gods, demigods, and legendary heroes of a particular people b :  mythos 2 <cold war mythology>

  3. 3 :  a branch of knowledge that deals with myth

  4. 4 :  a popular belief or assumption that has grown up around someone or something :  myth 2a <defective mythologies that ignore masculine depth of feeling — Robert Bly>

my·thol·o·ger play \-jər\ noun
my·thol·o·gist play \-jist\ noun

Examples of mythology

  1. We have been studying ancient Greek mythology.

  2. We compared the two cultures' mythologies.

  3. There is a popular mythology that he discovered the cause of the disease by himself.



Origin of mythology

French or Late Latin; French mythologie, from Late Latin mythologia interpretation of myths, from Greek, legend, myth, from mythologein to relate myths, from mythos + logos speech — more at legend


First Known Use: 1603

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