my·​thos | \ ˈmi-ˌthōs How to pronounce mythos (audio) , -ˌthäs\
plural mythoi\ ˈmi-​ˌthȯi How to pronounce mythoi (audio) \

Definition of mythos

2 : a pattern of beliefs expressing often symbolically the characteristic or prevalent attitudes in a group or culture
3 : theme, plot the starving artist mythos

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Synonyms for mythos


fable, legend, myth

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Examples of mythos in a Sentence

according to one creation mythos, humans sprang from the forehead of a god the Superman mythos has long since become ingrained in popular American culture

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Armor - Fumi Nikaido A relatively recent addition to the X-Men mythos, the Japanese mutant, Hisako Ichiki, has the power to create a psychic exoskeleton that gives her super-strength and invulnerability. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Who Can Play the X-Men Now?," 7 June 2019 While Arthur’s knights have become mythic figures (and not always flatteringly so), who’s to say the Grail, even with all of its cultural mythos, might not be out there waiting for someone to find it? Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "4 Things That Might Be Easier Than Getting Donald Trump’s Tax Returns," 15 Apr. 2019 Arkham Horror Third Edition is a classic struggle of agency versus impotence, set in the uncanny world of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Arkham Horror Third Edition: The classic Lovecraft adventure returns," 24 Nov. 2018 The Walking Dead was true to the mythos of the comic books and TV show in a way that made sense for a game. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "How The Walking Dead studio changed video game storytelling for the better," 24 Sep. 2018 Season two provided more questions than answers, expanding the series’ mythos and diving deeper into the Upside Down, as well as Eleven’s (Millie Bobby Brown) superpowered siblings. Karen Han, Vox, "Stranger Things season 3: everything we know so far," 30 July 2018 Snake pit Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey continues to tease bits of Ancient Greek mythos in its trailers. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Gabe Newell struggles with "triple kill" and BattleTech announces its first expansion," 24 Aug. 2018 Google’s company culture has long loomed large in the Silicon Valley mythos because of its unusual openness. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "Google Tries New Rules to Curtail Harassment of Employees," 27 June 2018 Over the years, The Blade has become an integral part of The Glitch Mob mythos. Michael Sundius, Billboard, "Inside The Glitch Mob's Innovative Blade 2.0 Stage: Exclusive Interview," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of mythos

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mythos

borrowed from Greek mŷthos "utterance, speech, discourse, tale, narrative, fiction, legend," of obscure origin

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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