mythical

adjective
myth·​i·​cal | \ ˈmi-thi-kəl How to pronounce mythical (audio) \
variants: or mythic \ ˈmi-​thik How to pronounce mythic (audio) \

Definition of mythical

1 : based on or described in a myth especially as contrasted with history
2 usually mythical : existing only in the imagination : fictitious, imaginary constructed a mythical all-star team
3 usually mythic : having qualities suitable to myth : legendary the twilight of a mythic professional career— Clayton Riley

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Other Words from mythical

mythically \ ˈmi-​thi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mythically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for mythical

Synonyms

fabled, fabulous, legendary

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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

Examples of mythical in a Sentence

Hercules was a mythical hero who was half man and half god. gods fighting in a mythical battle in the sky The sportswriters picked a mythical all-star team. The benefits of the new policy proved to be mythical.
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Go Looking for Trolls Cruise through misty Trollfjorden, one of Norway’s most breathtaking fjords, keeping your eyes peeled for the giant mythical figures said to dwell amid these stark mountain landscapes. Jonathan Irish, National Geographic, "10 Experiences You Can Only Have in Scandinavia," 8 Apr. 2019 The thing is, people willingly adopt the mythical past. Sean Illing, Vox, "A Yale philosopher on fascism, truth, and Donald Trump.," 15 Dec. 2018 These abrupt shifts also undercut Biden’s core argument: That his experience is what makes him the best candidate to return America to a mythical pre-Trump period where Democrats and Republicans held hands and sang kumbaya. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Soft Center," 21 June 2019 Last sold in the United States back in 1997, the Land Rover Defender now enjoys an almost mythical status among 4x4 enthusiasts. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The New Defender Will Not Be Like the Old One," 7 June 2019 Writer Joe Kelly adapted his graphic novel, the story of a young girl, Barbara (Wolfe), who grapples with the complications of life by preparing to do battle with mythical giants and titans that threaten her tiny Jersey Shore town. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "In 'I Kill Giants,' battling behemoths is nothing compared with the angst of tween life," 22 Mar. 2018 Stand beneath the towering Temple of Apollo, where the Greeks once worshipped the sun God and mythical son of Zeus. National Geographic, "Italy & Greece Middle School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Add in Hadestown’s leading 14 nominations, and the mythical musical sits firmly in first place. Ben Zauzmer, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tony Awards: Predicting the Musical Winners Using Math," 7 June 2019 Holland was a terrific coach, leading North to the Free Press’ 1970 mythical state championship. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "The unknown story of how John Herrington became the G.O.A.T.," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of mythical

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mythical

mythical, from Late Latin mȳthicus "of myth, legendary" (borrowed from Greek mȳthikós, from mŷthos "utterance, tale, myth" + -ikos -ic entry 1) + -al entry 1; mythic, borrowed from Late Latin mȳthicus

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mythicist

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mythical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mythical

: based on or described in a myth
: existing only in the imagination

mythical

adjective
myth·​i·​cal | \ ˈmi-thi-kəl How to pronounce mythical (audio) \

Kids Definition of mythical

1 : based on or told of in a myth a mythical hero
2 : imaginary a mythical town

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