Mythology definition

mĭ-thŏlə-jē
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The science or study of myths.
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Mythology is defined as a set of legends, stories or beliefs, especially ones that have a religious or cultural tradition.

The collection of stories about the ancient Greek gods are an example of mythology.

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The field of scholarship dealing with the systematic collection and study of myths.
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A body or collection of myths belonging to a people and addressing their origin, history, deities, ancestors, and heroes.
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A body of myths associated with an event, individual, or institution.
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(countable and uncountable) The collection of myths of a people, concerning the origin of the people, history, deities, ancestors and heroes.
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(countable and uncountable) A similar body of myths concerning an event, person or institution.
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(countable and uncountable) Pervasive elements of a fictional universe that resemble a mythological universe.
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(uncountable) The systematic collection and study of myths.
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A book of or about myths.
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Myths collectively; esp., all the myths of a specific people or about a specific being.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mythology
Plural:
mythologies

Origin of mythology

  • French mythologie from Late Latin mȳthologia from Greek mūthologiā story-telling mūthos story logos saying –logy

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

  • First attested in English in 1412. From Middle French mythologie, from Latin mythologia, from Ancient Greek μυθολογία (muthologia, “legend") μυθολογέω (muthologeō, “I tell tales"), from μυθολόγος (muthologos, “legend"), from μῦθος (muthos, “story") + λέγω (legō, “I say").

    From Wiktionary