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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The narrow room has lively next-gen vibe, with communal wood tables, counter service, and colorful wall murals of Laos’ famous three-headed elephant and the mythical serpent Naga — mimicking a tattoo across Phanthachit’s back. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Orlando's best dining thrills are outside the parks," 22 June 2018 Year after year, eager children rush to their baskets to see what kinds of treats, chocolates, and other special fillers the furry mythical creature left behind for them. Jenae Sitzes, Country Living, "The Easter Bunny Origin Story: Where Did The Easter Bunny Actually Come From?," 8 Mar. 2019 Damien Chazelle’s grand but never grandiose production stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the lunar surface and surely the least self-vaunting of quasi-mythical heroes in modern life. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "The Best Film of 2018: Love in Many Forms," 17 Dec. 2018 And with the special day fast approaching, your kids are probably starting to eagerly anticipate the treats and gifts that the mythical hare will leave in their Easter baskets this year. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "Your Kids Can Use This Cute Smartphone App to Call the Easter Bunny," 11 Mar. 2019 The track went on to notch the Des Moines native two Grammy Awards and powered Weezy's sixth solo studio album, which cemented his mythical status atop hip-hop's Mount Rushmore. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "'A Milli' Producer Bangladesh Talks Timeless Hit & Wanting to Work With Lil Wayne Again: 'He's Got a "Thriller" Album in Him'," 13 Feb. 2018 One set of actors dressed as the all-woman military guard from Black Panther’s mythical sub-Saharan nation, while another set represented the Jabari tribe. Cassie Owens, Philly.com, "Not your parents' prom: Inside Philly's elaborate send-off culture," 8 June 2018 In addition to the mythical, medieval king of Camelot, other royals have been named Arthur, but in more subtle ways. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royal Baby Prince Louis Has an Important Meaning Behind His Name," 27 Apr. 2018 Wakanda is an unmistakably black utopia, but the fundamental fact of worldwide colonization—one that afflicted the Americas and Asia as well as Africa—gives the mythical African nation enduring symbolism. Anne Branigin, The Root, "The Wonder of Wakanda: How This Black Utopian Space Is a Game Changer for Artists and Audiences," 13 Feb. 2018

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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

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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