mythos

noun
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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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
Recent Examples on the Web For all of Batman live-action achievements, there is no greater love letter to his comic book mythos than this ’90s classic TV show. David Betancourt, Washington Post, "Our definitive ranking of the Jokers, from Jack Nicholson to Joaquin Phoenix," 2 Oct. 2019 Volcanoes also have deep roots in the history of civilizations, leading to their starring role in the spirituality and mythos of many cultures. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Volcano Safety Tips," 20 Oct. 2019 Its scope is unmatched in the Star Wars mythos, and, for many fans, it’s where their love of the franchise began. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series," 12 Nov. 2019 Reeves, whose Internet mythos has been built around his kind but seemingly stoic existence, has been known for generally doing public events and red carpets by himself in recent years. Cady Lang, Time, "Keanu Reeves Joining Hands With Artist Alexandra Grant on the Red Carpet Has Fans Feeling Joyous," 5 Nov. 2019 For all of Batman live-action achievements, there is no greater love letter to his comic book mythos than this '90s classic TV show. David Betancourt, chicagotribune.com, "Our definitive ranking of the Jokers, from Jack Nicholson to Joaquin Phoenix," 4 Oct. 2019 And now with Hickman and Larraz’s new X-Men comic, and all of its mythos and swagger, there is truly a new dawn for Marvel’s mutants. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "House of X restores an air of myth and mystique to Marvel’s Merry Mutants ahead of their arrival in the MCU.," 2 Aug. 2019 Following Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, and R.B. Silva’s monumental shift to the X-Men mythos in House of X and Powers of X, Marvel has relaunched its X-Men line with a new resolve and sense of clarity. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Comics Watch: Mutants and the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe," 7 Nov. 2019 In addition to Mixed-ish, Loving and the mythos surrounding it has provided fodder for another recent work about biraciality. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "A Simplistic View of a Mixed-ish America," 26 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of mythos was in 1753

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9 Jan 2020

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“Mythos.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mythos. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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