mythos

noun
my·​thos | \ ˈmi-ˌthōs How to pronounce mythos (audio) , -ˌthäs \
plural mythoi\ ˈmi-​ˌthȯi How to pronounce mythos (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 But some have swarmed the one-time Trump campaign ad maker’s Instagram account to cast him in their still-unfolding mythos. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "The Non-Hypocrisy of QAnon’s Sexual Politics," 16 Feb. 2021 Nevertheless, zombie Reaganism represents a specific mythos, one that has infused the GOP for decades. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of November 30," 4 Dec. 2020 Nevertheless, zombie Reaganism represents a specific mythos, one that has infused the GOP for decades. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of November 30," 4 Dec. 2020 Nevertheless, zombie Reaganism represents a specific mythos, one that has infused the GOP for decades. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of November 30," 4 Dec. 2020 Nevertheless, zombie Reaganism represents a specific mythos, one that has infused the GOP for decades. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of November 30," 4 Dec. 2020 More than 25 years since her tragic death, the mythos of Tejana pop superstar Selena Quintanilla-Pérez remains as compelling as ever. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: Nearing a vaccine turning point," 11 Dec. 2020 Nevertheless, zombie Reaganism represents a specific mythos, one that has infused the GOP for decades. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of November 30," 4 Dec. 2020 Nevertheless, zombie Reaganism represents a specific mythos, one that has infused the GOP for decades. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of November 30," 4 Dec. 2020

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Mythos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mythos. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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