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

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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 The book is full of passages that, if pulled out and scrubbed of references to the mythical creature, could be describing politics in 2021. New York Times, "One Republican’s Lonely Fight Against a Flood of Disinformation," 3 Apr. 2021 The mythical monster was created as a stand-in for the fear and terror of the nuclear weapons that devastated Japanese society. Washington Post, "‘Godzilla vs. Kong’: Which of our big boys has the power to win?," 31 Mar. 2021 That's when this adorable heartwarming tale of a mom just trying to capture mythical creatures with her kids turned awry. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Kim Kardashian’s Kids Stained Her Nearly $10,000 Axel Vervoordt Table With This $3 Cooking Product," 18 Mar. 2021 Another features threats that might have kept a Viking sailor up at night: ship-destroying whirlpools, threatening whales and the mythical sea-monster known as the Kraken, all about to overpower a small, fragile boat. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "A New Life for Old Shipwrecks," 26 Feb. 2021 At stake isn’t some mythical state title as marketed to little backing years ago. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: The Panthers deliver again in win — ‘We’re a really good team’ | Commentary," 20 Mar. 2021 Indeed, Snyder’s film had long been considered a mythical project, a collective fantasy on the part of only the most passionate fans of his work. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Zack Snyder’s Justice League Is the Ultimate Fan Service," 20 Mar. 2021 Officials in Oklahoma have placed a bounty on Bigfoot, the mythical North American ape, in an attempt to encourage more tourism. Star Tribune, "Iceland opens back up to U.S. citizens and the hunt is on for Bigfoot," 19 Mar. 2021 It is located on the beautiful Lake Champlain, which borders Vermont, New York and Canada, and is the mythical home to Champ, North America’s very own Loch Ness monster-like creature. Ashley Stahl, Forbes, "The 7 Best Cities For Remote Workers In 2021," 19 Mar. 2021

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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 10 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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