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
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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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9 May 2022

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“Mythos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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