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mythology

[mi-thol-uh-jee]
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noun, plural my·thol·o·gies.
  1. a body of myths, as that of a particular people or that relating to a particular person: Greek mythology.
  2. myths collectively.
  3. the science or study of myths.
  4. 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

1375–1425; late Middle English mythologie < Late Latin mȳthologia < Greek mȳthología. See mytho-, -logy
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Examples from the Web for mythology

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  • 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

    Benjamin Taylor

  • His mythology, when he came to paint the world in myths, was Manichean.

  • Like mythology, Greek philosophy has a tendency to personify ideas.

    Sophist

    Plato

  • For Plato is in advance of his age in his conception of language, as much as he is in his conception of mythology.


British Dictionary definitions for mythology

mythology

noun plural -gies
  1. a body of myths, esp one associated with a particular culture, institution, person, etc
  2. a body of stories about a person, institution, etcthe mythology of Hollywood
  3. myths collectively
  4. the study or collecting of myths
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Word Origin and History for mythology

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mythology in Culture

mythology

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.

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