mythology


my·thol·o·gy

noun \mi-ˈthä-lə-jē\

: the myths of a particular group or culture

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

plural my·thol·o·gies

Full Definition of MYTHOLOGY

1
:  an allegorical narrative
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
:  a branch of knowledge that deals with myth
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 \-jər\ noun
my·thol·o·gist \-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

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms

elysian, fay, muse, nimbus, phoenix

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