- myth (sense )
- the complex of attitudes, beliefs, etc. most characteristic of a particular group or society
Origin of mythossee myth
- The pattern of basic values and attitudes of a people, characteristically transmitted through myths and the arts.
Origin of mythosGreek mūthos
(plural mythoi or mythoses)
- A story or set of stories relevant to or having a significant truth or meaning for a particular culture, religion, society, or other group.
- Anything delivered by word of mouth: a word, speech, conversation, or similar; a story, tale, or legend, especially a poetic tale.
- A tale, story, or narrative, usually verbally transmitted, or otherwise recorded into the written form from an alleged secondary source.
- An analysis of the comparative frequency of the plural forms mythoi and mythoses in four corpora reveals that, whilst mythoi is rare, mythoses is non-existent therein. Moreover, of ten other dictionaries, seven list mythoi as the only valid plural, the other three are tacit regarding the matter, but none of them mention mythoses.
From Ancient Greek μῦθος (muthos, “report”, “tale”, “story”).