my·​thos | \ ˈmi-ˌthōs How to pronounce mythos (audio) , -ˌthäs \
plural mythoi\ ˈmi-​ˌthȯi How to pronounce mythos (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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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
Recent Examples on the Web And the economy is increasingly reliant not on logging or mining — occupations that have always had a certain mythos here — but upon marijuana cultivation. Los Angeles Times, "The sawmill nearly took the arm of a high school football player. Now the young man looks forward," 23 Apr. 2021 Along these same lines, Beheshti told CNBC that the mythos of Jobs as a tyrannical taskmaster obsessed with work has been overblown, to a degree. Andy Meek, BGR, "Apple employees knew that if Steve Jobs turned off his iPhone, it meant one thing," 6 Apr. 2021 Marvel dabbles appropriates the Bourne mythos and of-the-moment topicality in a potentially-engrossing action drama. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "Review: Marvel’s ‘The Falcon And The Winter Soldier’ Gets Off To A High-Flying Start," 18 Mar. 2021 Part of that could be due to the Strand’s enduring mythos. Madison Malone Kircher, Vulture, "How the Strand Lost Its Workers," 19 Mar. 2021 The second movie directed by Guillermo del Toro to feature comic creator Mike Mignola's signature character, Hellboy II: The Golden Army leans more into the fairy tale side of Hellboy mythos than the pulp vibes that dominated the first film. Christian Holub,, "How Hellboy gave Neil Gaiman his start in writing for movies and TV," 2 Mar. 2021 Majorana mess adds a new chapter to the mythos of the particles, which are named after Italian theorist Ettore Majorana. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Microsoft-Led Team Retracts Disputed Quantum-Computing Paper," 8 Mar. 2021 It was never based on any real empirical data, just a mythos that fed on itself as stocks managed to always find a way higher, and interest rates... Oliver Renick, Forbes, "Jay Powell Isn't Here To Save Your Stonks," 5 Mar. 2021 As Shadow And Act initially reported, J.J. Abrams is producing a new flick based on the Superman mythos which will be penned by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "DC Films’ Failures With Superman, Batman Are Overshadowing Success With Aquaman, Wonder Woman," 27 Feb. 2021

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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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27 Apr 2021

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“Mythos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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