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 \ -​jər How to pronounce mythologer (audio) \ noun
mythologist \ -​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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One of the most important holy places, the Kashihara Jingu Shrine is dedicated to the deity Emperor Jimmu, the founder of the Japanese nation according to mythology. USA TODAY, "How to experience authentic Japan," 31 May 2018 Taiz thinks that human beings are fatally susceptible to the mythology of thinking, feeling, speaking trees. Diàna Markosian, Smithsonian, "Do Trees Talk to Each Other?," 22 Feb. 2018 Cacao also played a central role in the region's mythology, and various Mayan texts and Aztec drawings prominently feature cacao. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chocolate has an even earlier origin than we thought, new study finds," 29 Oct. 2018 The Black Order is a relatively recent addition to Thanos’ comic book mythology, making their debut in 2013’s New Avengers No. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "A Guide to the Villains of 'Avengers: Infinity War'," 27 Apr. 2018 She and her co-director Ciro Guerra spent years consulting anthropologists to learn how Wayuu culture relates to mythology, including the significance of birds which are viewed as the bearers of news and the bringers of change. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "Colombian Drug Epic ‘Birds of Passage’ Takes Flight," 9 Feb. 2019 But according to the witches’ mythology, the current Supreme’s powers would begin to fade when a new Supreme came of age. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable," 18 Nov. 2018 Apple appears to be seeking a balance, a way to blend the virtual and the real by expanding what its stores are all about and connecting those stores to a larger American mythology of public space. Andrew Zaleski, Curbed, "Can Apple stores be public spaces?," 3 Oct. 2018 Contrary to popular mythology, Rolls-Royce does not raise its own cows. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "What makes Rolls-Royce Phantom worth $643,000?," 28 Mar. 2018

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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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