- a body of myths, as that of a particular people or that relating to a particular person: Greek mythology.
- myths collectively.
- the science or study of myths.
- a set of stories, traditions, or beliefs associated with a particular group or the history of an event, arising naturally or deliberately fostered: the Fascist mythology of the interwar years.
Origin of mythology
Examples from the Web for mythology
In Greek mythology, the species became associated with numerous gods.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity
December 27, 2014
In Greek mythology, the Gorgon Medusa had the face of a woman and poisonous snakes for hair; her glance could turn men to stone.Russia’s Freest Website Now Lives in Latvia
November 29, 2014
Paz tells us that she owned countless encyclopedias and manuals—on mythology, law, history, philosophy, theology.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
But it is not the reality of history, it is the mythology that is being promoted under Russian President Vladimir Putin.The Kremlin’s Plan to Erase Russia’s Memory and Its Conscience
October 13, 2014
In writing my debut novel, The Home Place, I had to bust some Western mythology to tell the truth.Book Bag: Gritty Stories From the Real Montana
Carrie La Seur
October 2, 2014
It is not so with the new fables which the Greeks are continually mixing with their mythology.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
May not this hare of the Indian mythology be the moon-dog of some of our own legends?Storyology
His mythology, when he came to paint the world in myths, was Manichean.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
Like mythology, Greek philosophy has a tendency to personify ideas.Sophist
For Plato is in advance of his age in his conception of language, as much as he is in his conception of mythology.Cratylus
- a body of myths, esp one associated with a particular culture, institution, person, etc
- a body of stories about a person, institution, etcthe mythology of Hollywood
- myths collectively
- the study or collecting of myths
Word Origin and History for mythology
early 15c., "exposition of myths," from Middle French mythologie and directly from Late Latin mythologia, from Greek mythologia "legendary lore, a telling of mythic legends; a legend, story, tale," from mythos "myth" (of unknown origin) + -logy "study." Meaning "a body of myths" first recorded 1781.
The body of myths belonging to a culture. Myths are traditional stories about gods and heroes. They often account for the basic aspects of existence — explaining, for instance, how the Earth was created, why people have to die, or why the year is divided into seasons. Classical mythology — the myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans — has had an enormous influence on European and American culture.