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[mith-i-kuh l or mith-ik] /ˈmɪθ ɪ kəl or ˈmɪθ ɪk/
pertaining to, of the nature of, or involving a myth.
dealt with in myth, as a prehistoric period.
dealing with myths, as writing.
existing only in myth, as a person.
without foundation in fact; imaginary; fictitious:
The explanation was entirely mythical.
Origin of mythical
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. Unabridged
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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


of or relating to myth
imaginary or fictitious
Derived Forms
mythically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mythical

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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