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mythical

or mythic

[mith-i-kuh l or mith-ik] /ˈmɪθ ɪ kəl or ˈmɪθ ɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or involving a myth.
2.
dealt with in myth, as a prehistoric period.
3.
dealing with myths, as writing.
4.
existing only in myth, as a person.
5.
without foundation in fact; imaginary; fictitious:
The explanation was entirely mythical.
Origin of mythical
1670-1680
1670-80; < Late Latin mȳthicus < Greek mȳthikós of myths (see myth, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
mythically, adverb
mythicalness, noun
nonmythical, adjective
nonmythically, adverb
premythical, adjective
pseudomythical, adjective
pseudomythically, adverb
quasi-mythical, adjective
quasi-mythically, adverb
semimythic, adjective
semimythical, adjective
semimythically, adverb
unmythical, adjective
unmythically, adverb
Can be confused
mythical, mythological.
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Examples from the Web for mythical
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  • The mythical or cosmical element reminds us of the Timaeus, the ideal of the Republic.

    Statesman Plato
  • The most famous and the longest, is the laws of Manu, a mythical progenitor of mankind.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • Here they will exclaim perchance, 'What have you to do with a mythical god?'

  • Troyan is also the name of a mythical king who often figures in Slavonic legends.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • This mythical Wells gang could have been holed up in the city, too, you know.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
British Dictionary definitions for mythical

mythical

/ˈmɪθɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to myth
2.
imaginary or fictitious
Derived Forms
mythically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mythical
adj.

1670s; see mythic + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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