mythology

noun my·thol·o·gy \ mi-ˈthä-lə-jē \
Updated on: 12 May 2018
plural mythologies
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 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 2a
  • defective mythologies that ignore masculine depth of feeling
  • —Robert Bly

mythologer

play \-jər\ noun

mythologist

play \-jist\ noun

Examples of mythology in a Sentence

  1. We have been studying ancient Greek mythology.

  2. We compared the two cultures' mythologies.

  3. There is a popular mythology that he discovered the cause of the disease by himself.

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Origin and Etymology of 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, story-telling," from mŷthos "utterance, tale, myth" + -o- -o- + -logia -logy

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MYTHOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

mythology

  • : the myths of a particular group or culture

  • : ideas that are believed by many people but that are not true


MYTHOLOGY Defined for Kids

mythology

noun my·thol·o·gy \ mi-ˈthä-lə-jē \
plural mythologies
: a collection of myths
  • Greek mythology


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