myth·​i·​cal | \ ˈmi-thi-kəl How to pronounce mythical (audio) \
variants: or mythic \ ˈmi-​thik How to pronounce mythical (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 mythical (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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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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