Myth Definition

mĭth
myths
noun
A traditional story of unknown authorship, ostensibly with a historical basis, but serving usually to explain some phenomenon of nature, the origin of man, or the customs, institutions, religious rites, etc. of a people: myths usually involve the exploits of gods and heroes.
Webster's New World
Such stories collectively; mythology.
Webster's New World
A popular belief or story that has become associated with a person, institution, or occurrence, especially one considered to illustrate a cultural ideal.
A star whose fame turned her into a myth; the pioneer myth of suburbia.
American Heritage
Any popular concept or belief regarded as baseless, unscientific, etc.
Webster's New World
A fiction or half-truth, especially one that forms part of an ideology.
American Heritage
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abbreviation
Mythology.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Myth

Noun

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myth
Plural:
myths

Origin of Myth

  • From Ancient Greek μῦθος (muthos, “word, humour, companion, speech, account, rumour, fable"). English since 1830.

    From Wiktionary

  • New Latin mȳthus from Late Latin mȳthos from Greek mūthos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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