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myth

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noun \ˈmith\

Simple Definition of myth

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 :  a person or thing having only an imaginary or unverifiable existence

  4. 4 :  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

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