my·​thol·​o·​gy | \ mi-ˈthä-lə-jē How to pronounce mythology (audio) \
plural mythologies

Definition of mythology

1 : an allegorical narrative
2 : a body of myths: such as
a : the myths dealing with the gods, demigods, and legendary heroes of a particular people
b : mythos sense 2 cold war mythology
3 : a branch of knowledge that deals with myth
4 : a popular belief or assumption that has grown up around someone or something : myth sense 2a defective mythologies that ignore masculine depth of feeling— Robert Bly

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Other Words from mythology

mythologer \ mi-​ˈthä-​lə-​jər How to pronounce mythologer (audio) \ noun
mythologist \ mi-​ˈthä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce mythologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of mythology in a Sentence

We have been studying ancient Greek mythology. We compared the two cultures' mythologies. There is a popular mythology that he discovered the cause of the disease by himself.
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Recent Examples on the Web Earlier, Kennedy brought out Mandalorian executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, with Favreau touting the series it as being similar to his 2008 film Iron Man, which appealed to both Marvel fans as well as newcomers to the mythology. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ewan McGregor, 'The Mandalorian' Trailer Light Up D23," 23 Aug. 2019 According to Hawaiian mythology, the Halema‘uma‘u caldera of Kilauea was the fiery home of Pele, the goddess of fire, lightning, wind, and volcanoes. George W. Stone, National Geographic, "Dinosaurs to gladiators: 10 World Heritage trips for families," 16 Aug. 2019 According to Greek mythology, the hero Theseus owned a ship that was slowly replaced, plank by plank, until every part had been replaced. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Navy Is More Interested in the 'Ship of Theseus' Than the USS Zumwalt," 15 Aug. 2019 By some estimates, there are upwards of 300 wreck sites around the island—contributing to the Bermuda Triangle mythology and making its waters an especially thrilling playground for divers and snorkelers alike. Katherine Cusumano, Condé Nast Traveler, "Bermuda Snorkeling Guide: 9 Best Dive Sites On The Island," 31 May 2019 Related Stories The superstition surrounding Friday the 13th has a lot to do with the Bible and Norse mythology. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "On Friday the 13th, See a Full 'Micromoon' Tonight," 13 Sep. 2019 The prequels are unusual for HBO as the network had never ordered a sequel or prequel series to one of its hits in its long history until GoT, but also makes sense given the drama’s massive global appeal and sprawling mythology. James Hibberd,, "Game of Thrones prequel series about the Targaryens near pilot order," 12 Sep. 2019 Some blame this phenomena on the forest’s association with demons in Japanese mythology. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 Of particular note are these two issues, both comedies that push at some of the more ridiculous edges of Marvel mythology in a way that feels additive and fun, as opposed to merely snark for its own sake. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "80 Comics to Read For Marvel's 80th Anniversary," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mythology

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mythology

Middle English methologie, mithologie "exposition of a myth, book of myths," borrowed from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French mythologie, borrowed from Late Latin mȳthologia (in Mythologiae, title of a myth compilation by Fulgentius, ca. 500), borrowed from Greek mȳthología "fiction, storytelling," from mŷthos "utterance, tale, myth" + -o- -o- + -logia -logy

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13 Oct 2019

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The first known use of mythology was in 1603

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English Language Learners Definition of mythology

: the myths of a particular group or culture
: ideas that are believed by many people but that are not true


my·​thol·​o·​gy | \ mi-ˈthä-lə-jē How to pronounce mythology (audio) \
plural mythologies

Kids Definition of mythology

: a collection of myths Greek mythology

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