my·​thos | \ ˈmi-ˌthōs How to pronounce mythos (audio) , -ˌthäs\
plural mythoi\ ˈmi-​ˌthȯi How to pronounce mythoi (audio) \

Definition of mythos

2 : a pattern of beliefs expressing often symbolically the characteristic or prevalent attitudes in a group or culture
3 : theme, plot the starving artist mythos

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Synonyms for mythos


fable, legend, myth

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Examples of mythos in a Sentence

according to one creation mythos, humans sprang from the forehead of a god the Superman mythos has long since become ingrained in popular American culture

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And, certainly, in terms of the mythos, people will point to San Francisco in the 1960s with all the psychedelic bands. John Wenzel, The Know, "Are we just high, or is Colorado the No. 1 market for jam bands?," 9 Sep. 2019 This feels like a weakness in a series which seeks to question the rejection of procedural justice and governance that lies at the heart of the superhero mythos. M.s., The Economist, "“The Boys” is a superhero series for the Trump era," 27 Aug. 2019 At the Last Bookstore, Karen Tongson will examine Karen Carpenter’s mythos and appeal in the Philippines and in the American suburban imagination. Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, "5 must-go L.A. book events— from Leimert Park Book Fair to an ode to strip malls," 23 Aug. 2019 New technology—especially the smartphone—allows us to produce a narrative of our lives, to choose what to remember and what to contribute to our own mythos. Nausicaa Renner, The New Yorker, "How Social Media Shapes Our Identity," 8 Aug. 2019 Your reimagining of Azrael is arguably the biggest departure from traditional Batman canon of everything in the White Knight mythos. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Curse of the White Knight' Explores Batman's Hidden Past," 23 July 2019 In Hinduism’s Vedic mythos, the deity Indra does battle with a dragon that swallows Indra whole. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Rare fossil in a fossil reveals a dinosaur's surprising last meal," 11 July 2019 Scorsese’s documentary plays into this very mythos by presenting a whole lot of fiction as fact. Travis M. Andrews, Twin Cities, "A guide to all the fake stuff in new Bob Dylan documentary," 21 June 2019 Scorsese’s documentary plays into this very mythos by presenting a whole lot of fiction as fact. Travis M. Andrews, Twin Cities, "A guide to all the fake stuff in new Bob Dylan documentary," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of mythos

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mythos

borrowed from Greek mŷthos "utterance, speech, discourse, tale, narrative, fiction, legend," of obscure origin

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