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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web In recent decades it has been shaped by conservatives of different faiths, construed as part of a mythical Judeo-Christian tradition, coalescing around a common agenda. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Religious identity and Supreme Court justices — a brief history," 20 Oct. 2020 The constellation, recognizable by the mythical hunter’s three-star belt, will be near the eastern horizon. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How to See the Orionids Meteor Shower Peak Tonight," 20 Oct. 2020 In recent decades it has been shaped by conservatives of different faiths, construed as part of a mythical Judeo-Christian tradition, coalescing around a common agenda. Nomi Stolzenberg, The Conversation, "Religious identity and Supreme Court justices – a brief history," 19 Oct. 2020 Henry VII, Harry’s father, claimed the Tudors were direct descendants of the most-likely mythical King Arthur, even using Arthur’s symbol of the red dragon. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Six historical observations on the season 2 premiere of The Spanish Princess," 12 Oct. 2020 Someone had fastened them to the wall by a white paper phoenix, the mythical bird that rises from the ashes. Washington Post, "Phoenix Academy, Maryland’s only recovery high school, begins its first academic year," 8 Oct. 2020 My hope is that it’s like the 1976 snowfall, an isolated event that becomes a little more mythical with each passing year. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "The orange skies have faded. But Orange Skies Day is forever," 9 Oct. 2020 That symbol has dogged the game for more than a century, tied in an almost mythical sense to scandal or, often length of schedule. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Forget the asterisk – MLB's 2020 champion will be totally legitimate," 9 Oct. 2020 This is an extremely difficult concept to grasp, because the letter K lacks the intuitive graphic obviousness of a V or W. Should the mythical K be standing up or on its side? Joe Queenan, WSJ, "‘R’ Is for Recovery, But What Kind?," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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“Mythical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mythical. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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mythical

adjective
How to pronounce mythical (audio)

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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