coun·​ter·​myth | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌmith How to pronounce countermyth (audio) \
variants: or counter-myth
plural countermyths or counter-myths

Definition of countermyth

: a myth that challenges or contradicts another myth From an anthropological perspective, myths can be seen as imagined narratives that address existential human issues and have behavioral consequences. Old myths are frequently challenged by countermyths in cultures, families, institutions, and individuals.— Stanley Krippner The making of a new myth—in this case, a feminist counter-myth that challenges the dominance of patriarchal values…— Henry Jenkins

First Known Use of countermyth

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Countermyth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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