mythology

noun
my·thol·o·gy | \mi-ˈthä-lə-jē \
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 \ noun
mythologist \-jist \ 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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Back on the North Side, Fried and Sanchez stopped for an annual inspection at the home of Natalie McCallum, owner of a mastiff-boxer mix named Mugs, short for Mug Ruith, a powerful druid of Irish mythology. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Thousands of dog bites in S.A. include three-dozen cases against dangerous dogs," 26 May 2018 Some of the Spurs culture mythology can get exhausting. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Kawhi Leonard and the Limits of Spurs Culture," 28 Mar. 2018 In fact, as Gadsby tells us, Picasso’s affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter has become just another part of his oversized mythology as a tortured, insatiable artist. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Nanette Rewrites the History of Art," 3 July 2018 Fifth grade was about the Ming Dynasty, Greek mythology, and sexism. Hedia Anvar, Longreads, "How To Build An Intellectual," 23 June 2018 West has a sense for compelling narrative — look no further than the Yeezus and Pablo sessions, soap operas that spawned their own mythologies. Eric Renner Brown, Billboard, "What a Kanye West-Kid Cudi Joint Album Means to Hip-Hop," 30 Apr. 2018 Star Wars seems to struggle with its own storied mythology, leaning into familiar territory rather than breaking new ground in spinoffs like Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story(out May 25). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Why the Marvel movies have surpassed 'Star Wars' in this nerd's heart," 17 Apr. 2018 Those parade-goers who are knowledgeable in their classical mythology may be able to spot the playful symbolic silhouettes of Urania, Terpsichore, Melpomene and the rest in the backlit mural on the sides of the float. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Muses' new Goddessey Mardi Gras float is seriously fabulous," 6 Feb. 2018 But there’s something special about a franchise that can use its established mythology in a way that still surprises, and can even take the uglier parts of its lesser entries and ultimately utilize them as their strength. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "What Could Be Lost with a 'Child's Play' Remake," 5 July 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 \
plural mythologies

Kids Definition of mythology

: a collection of myths Greek mythology

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