mythology

noun
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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Bears figured prominently in pagan mythologies, and according to Storl, as Christianity swept across Europe, the ancient beliefs were subtly incorporated into the new faith. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "New book explores mankind’s fascination with bears, from Stone Age to 'Winnie the Pooh’," 31 Aug. 2019 Over the years, the Jaws origin story has been invaded by a good deal of mythology, such as the notion that the Benchleys were dangerously broke before Peter managed to finish his manuscript. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "We’re afraid of sharks. But maybe we’re not afraid enough.," 9 July 2019 Gaiman's 75-issue revival of the character are an odd mix of mythology, fantasy, horror, and history, rife with literary references and a fair bit of dark humor. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "At long last, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series is being adapted for television," 1 July 2019 Hipster filmmaker Jim Jarmusch buys into zombie mythology with The Dead Don’t Die. Armond White, National Review, "The Dead Don’t Die: Climate-Change Comedy for the Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez Era," 14 June 2019 The idea that rural white men are more virtuous, and thus more American, than other people is deeply embedded in our nation’s mythology, and aligned with perspectives that see white Anglo-Saxons as superior by divine right. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "America’s Original Identity Politics," 7 Feb. 2019 Despite the persistent mythology, there are no winners when bosses turn abusive, Mawritz says. Chris Woolston, Quartz at Work, "How to deal with an abusive boss," 29 Aug. 2019 In the years that followed, a mythology built up that Murphy had ill will toward SNL. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "Eddie Murphy helped save SNL. Now he’s coming back to host.," 26 Aug. 2019 The open world action adventure game blends a sci-fi dystopia story with alternative dimensions, apparent time travel and some head-scratching mythology that will like take years to properly parse through. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hideo Kojima Explains 'Death Stranding' (Sort Of)," 23 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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The first known use of mythology was in 1603

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mythology

noun

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

mythology

noun
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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