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 Green's personification of Aunt Jemima and the character's mythology built by advertising executives, earned Davis, and later Quaker Oats, a great deal of profit. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Aunt Jemima model Nancy Green didn't create the brand," 30 June 2020 The mythology of baseball in America conjures up images of bucolic ease, where the game is an escape from the pressures of daily life. Greg Hanlon,, "Japanese Culture Examined Through Baseball Traditions in Koshien Documentary, Airing on ESPN," 29 June 2020 Historian Colin Woodard tells not the story of how America became a nation, but rather of how America crafted its own version of its national history, and how that national mythology has changed over the decades. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, "The 10 best books of June bring hope and insight," 22 June 2020 But not all of Lee’s recent reincarnations over-index on his mythology. Danny Chau, The Atlantic, "What It Means to Understand Bruce Lee," 22 June 2020 But Dambo’s art takes a different tack, using mythology playfully to draw humans back to nature. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "This Copenhagen artist turns trash into trolls," 15 June 2020 There are lots of lesbian flags, but the labrys version draws on Greek mythology. Claire Gillespie,, "22 Different Pride Flags and What They Represent in the LGBTQ+ Community," 18 June 2020 In the series mythology, the Order dates back to 1066, when a young Valkyrie woman named Auria converted to Christianity. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "If Buffy found religion: A Catholic order battles evil in Warrior Nun trailer," 17 June 2020 The drive-through is baked into the Los Angeles mythology. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "Exploring Los Angeles by Jeep, Searching for Art," 7 June 2020

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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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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mythology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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