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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 mythically
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  • First we have, in the myths of all races, the most grotesque conceptions of the character of gods when mythically envisaged.

  • Nature has her law, and if it be not observed, the penalty follows, when she may be said to be mythically angry.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • There were vague stories among the hardy settlers about new lands incredibly distant, mythically rich in interest.

    The Way to the West Emerson Hough
  • But mythically it is connected with Niflheim, the kingdom of Hela, the shadowy realm of death.

  • The present universe is mythically arranged in regard to their early adventures: the separation of sky and earth, and so forth.

    The Homeric Hymns Andrew Lang
  • All this, mythically, illustratively, and by no means doctrinally or polemically.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
  • He may be, as mythically conceived, only one out of a crowd of similar magnified non-natural men or lower animals.

  • In this mythically spiritual atmosphere, all peoples formerly lived and in great part still continue to live.

    Myth and Science Tito Vignoli
British Dictionary definitions for mythically


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 mythically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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