mytho·​poe·​ia ˌmi-thə-ˈpē-ə How to pronounce mythopoeia (audio)
: a creating of myth : a giving rise to myths
mythopoeic adjective
or less commonly mythopoetic or mythopoetical

Word History


borrowed from Greek mȳthopoiía, from mŷthos "utterance, tale, myth" + -o- -o- + -poiia (from poieîn "to make, produce, do" + -ia -ia entry 1) — more at poet

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mythopoeia was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Mythopoeia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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