mythical

adjective
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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But given that statistics note that trans people attacking people in bathrooms is so unlikely as to qualify as mythical, that is amazingly low on my list of concerns. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Transgender Women Are Women. Transgender Men Are Men.," 23 Oct. 2018 The mythical half-human, half-fish hybrid may not exist in real life, but these Halloween decorations look scary-realistic. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Mermaid Skeletons Are Here to Make a Splash This Halloween," 10 Oct. 2018 Perhaps the timing of Ditte and Nicolaj’s Ganni in the late aughts, ushering in a fresh interpretation of Scandinavian style, aligned well with our collective tiring of these mythical style icons. Alexandra Ilyashov, Glamour, "How Ganni Came to Dictate Everything You Want to Wear Right Now," 10 Oct. 2018 Tea tree oil is one of those mythical products rumored to treat basically everything. Krissy Brady, SELF, "What Tea Tree Oil Can and Can’t Do for Your Skin," 4 Oct. 2018 Neymar has the kind of near-mythical status that the soccer-mad nation of Brazil reserves for its most treasured stars, a cultural phenomenon as much as a soccer one. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Is Neymar really Brazil's 'problem child'?," 28 June 2018 There's no mention of the Easter Bunny in the New Testament, despite the mythical character's apparent origins with German Lutherans and widespread adoption by other branches of Christianity. Maria Carter, Woman's Day, "What Does the Easter Bunny Look Like?," 18 Feb. 2018 Mooncakes are traditionally given most auspiciously during Mid-Autumn Festival but can be found in some Chinese bakeries year-round; and the foo dogs are actually mythical guardian lions. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "Fat Rice making Cards Against Humanity fortune cookies, among Chinese New Year specials," 24 Jan. 2018 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

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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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mystique

myth

mythi

mythical

mythicalness

mythicist

mythicize

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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 \

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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