Mythology is defined as a set of legends, stories or beliefs, especially ones that have a religious or cultural tradition.(noun)
The collection of stories about the ancient Greek gods are an example of mythology.
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noun pl. mythologies
Origin: ME methologie < LL mythologia < Gr, a telling of tales or legends < mythos, myth + -logia, -logy
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noun pl. my·thol·o·gies
Origin: French mythologie
Origin: , from Late Latin mȳthologia
Origin: , from Greek mūthologiā, story-telling
Origin: : mūthos, story
Origin: + -logiā, -logy.
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See also god and gods.
battle between centaurs or between centaurs and men.
1. Greek Mythology. a horn of plenty, from the hom of the goat Amalthaea that dispensed an endless supply of food, drink, and other riches.
2. any copious or abundant supply or source. —cornucopian, adj.
a wood nymph.
the belief that the mythological gods were merely legendary kings and heroes deified. —euhemerist, n. —euhemeristic, adj.
a dryad that is the spirit of a particular tree.
Rare. a water nymph or naiad.
the attribution of supernatural events to mythological causes.
1. a student of myths.
2. an interpreter of myths.
an opponent of myths. — mythoclastic, adj.
1. the establishment and development of myths.
2. the tendency to create myths or to give mythical status to a person or event. Also called mythogeny. —mythogenetic, adj.
1. the collecting of myths.
2. the recording of myths in writing.
3. a critical collection of myths. —mythographer, mythographist, n.
a recurrent pattern, event, or theme in myths, as an explanation of the change of seasons; folklore motifs.
a narrator of myths and legends.
1. a body of stories relating the traditional origins and causes of the world, natural forces and phenomena, and cultural developments, as that of a particular people or relating to a particular person.
2. a collection of myths.
3. the science of myths. —mythologist, n. —mythological, adj.
the creation of myths. —mythopoeist, n. —mythopoeic, adj.
3. the interrelationship of value structures and historical experiences of a people, usually given expression through the arts.
a nymph or spirit of rivers and streams.
any of the daughters of Oceanus and Tethys; a sea nymph.
a mixture of theology and mythology. —theomythologer, n.
according to Paracelsus, a water nymph or spirit, female in form and lacking a soul until married to a mortal and mother of his child.
1. the state or condition of being a vampire.
2. the actions or habits of vampires.
3. belief in the existence of vampires. —vampiric, adj.
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