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

Other Words from mythology

mythologer \ mi-​ˈthä-​lə-​jər How to pronounce mythology (audio) \ noun
mythologist \ mi-​ˈthä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce mythology (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.
Recent Examples on the Web For as complex as the series’ mythology becomes, the show finds a way to introduce new fans without completely confusing them. Caroline Framke, Variety, 5 Aug. 2022 The three women are bound together with a centripetal intensity, in a hothouse of family mythology that Marilyn herself cultivates and tends. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2022 All that said, Goose Island clings to the 1992 mythology. Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune, 1 Aug. 2022 The tree stands 380 feet tall and is named after Greek mythology; Hyperion was one of the Titans and the father of sun god Helios and moon goddess Selene. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2022 Perhaps more than any other bluesman, Robert Leroy Johnson epitomizes the lasting allure and deep mythology of the genre. Chris Wheatley, Longreads, 31 July 2022 Much of the dialogue is untouched, although Kuzui makes the vampire mythology less elaborate, the heroine’s empowerment less spelled out. Soraya Roberts, The Atlantic, 31 July 2022 Still, Teen Wolf is forever one of the best basketball movies for introducing crossover dribbles and windmill dunks to werewolf mythology. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 29 July 2022 Castles are built upon clichés, for reasons that can seem both purposeful and lazy; action and mythology can take precedence over character and relationships, which are often more implied than portrayed. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 See More

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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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“Mythology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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