myth·i·cal | \ˈmi-thi-kəl \
variants: or mythic \-thik \

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 \-thi-k(ə-)lē \ 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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The blockbuster adaptation of the Marvel comic book, which is set in the mythical African nation of Wakanda, has earned $1.3 billion worldwide. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Meet woman who created Wakanda's jewelry for 'Black Panther'," 28 June 2018 Bannister had just become the first runner to break the mythical 4-minute barrier in the mile -- a feat of speed and endurance that stands as one of the seminal sporting achievements of the 20th century. Michael Democker,, "40th running of the Crescent City Classic: photo gallery," 31 Mar. 2018 Bannister had just become the first runner to break the mythical 4-minute barrier in the mile — a feat of speed and endurance that stands as one of the seminal sporting achievements of the 20th century. Chris Lehourites, Houston Chronicle, "Roger Bannister, first to run sub 4-minute mile, dies at 88," 4 Mar. 2018 The costs of the monarchy are considerable; the gains fleeting, mythical or the stuff of PR fantasies. Graham Smith, Time, "Harry and Meghan's Wedding Is a Reminder That Britain Doesn't Need the Royals," 18 May 2018 Unicorn fans can officially celebrate because Lucky Charms announced their new marshmallow shape will be the trendy mythical creature. Shannon Barbour, Cosmopolitan, "Lucky Charms is Adding a Trendy Marshmallow Shape to the Mix," 20 Feb. 2018 Pixies are mythical creatures that resemble tiny humans, with pointed ears and mischievous habits. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Did NC man find skeletal proof that pixies existed?," 7 Feb. 2018 The Kraken is a mythical sea creature known for its gigantic size. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Watch: This is what the 'sea monster' ship looks like after being sunken for a year in the Gulf," 25 Jan. 2018 The spookier things to do—which are meant for kids 8 and up— include walking down Urban Legend Lane looking for characters typically heard about in mythical stories and encountering zombies on Walking Dead Way. Alison Stanton, azcentral, "47 Halloween events around Phoenix scare up fun for all ages," 31 Oct. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of mythical

: based on or described in a myth

: existing only in the imagination


myth·i·cal | \ˈmi-thi-kəl \

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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