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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The music of Joy Division, raised to mythology by the suicide on May 18, 1980, of singer Ian Curtis, was too much for easy categorization. Zachary Lipez, Washington Post, "How Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ image went from underground album cover to a piece of cultural ubiquity," 14 June 2019 My garments deconstruct mythologies of masculinity and violence and reimagine gender and social justice through innovative design and intentional materiality. Most unusual material used? Vogue, "19 FIT, Pratt, and Parsons 2019 Graduates on Their Collections and the Future of Fashion," 22 May 2019 Roberto Calasso is our foremost interpreter of the mythology of modern life. Dominic Green, WSJ, "Roberto Calasso’s ‘The Unnamable Present’ Review: Sacrifices at Modernity’s Altar," 10 May 2019 If the Cavaliers had won Game 1, James’ performance would have taken on the mythology of the Jordan flu game. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cavaliers’ LeBron James becomes even more resolute after tough Game 1 loss," 3 June 2018 From Bradbury to Burroughs, the planet has played an outsize role in modern mythology. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "To Understand How the Earth Formed, and How It Might Disappear, NASA Is Drilling on Mars," 21 Feb. 2019 But the thrilling coaster, Expedition Everest, veers off into mythology when riders come face-to-face with the legendary Yeti. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disney's Animal Kingdom celebrates 20 years," 15 Apr. 2018 Released in 2018, this young adult novel takes place in the mythical land of Orïsha, a setting built from West African mythology, where status is based on color and plot episodes mirror incidents of police brutality in America. Maria Devlin Mcnair, BostonGlobe.com, "How children’s literature became everybody’s literature," 5 May 2018 The Little Mermaid's Ariel and Hercules are cousins Anyone who's studied Greek mythology will quickly realize how these two Disney characters are totally related. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "20 Insane Disney Movie Fan Theories That Will Blow. Your. Mind.," 16 Apr. 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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