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Origin of myth
synonym study for myth
historical usage of myth
Greek mŷthos has a tremendously wide range of meaning: “a word, a speech, mere speech (as opposed to érga ‘deeds’), something said, a thought, an unspoken word, a purpose, a rumor, a report, a saying, fiction (as opposed to lógos ‘historical truth’), the plot of a play, a narrative, a story, a story for children, a fable.”
Sixty percent of Greek vocabulary has no known etymology, and mŷthos is probably within that 60 percent, but it is possible that mŷthos comes from the uncommon Proto-Indo-European root mēudh-, mūdh- (with other variants) “to be concerned with, crave, earnestly desire, think over.” Following this theory, from the variant mūdh-, Greek derives mŷthos and its derivative verb mȳtheîsthai “to speak, converse, tell”; Gothic has maudjan “to remind, remember”; Lithuanian has maûsti “to be concerned with,” and Polish has myśleć “to think.”
OTHER WORDS FROM mythcoun·ter·myth, noun
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And they all travel affordably, busting the myth that travel is only for the elite.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Catherine Lemay is impressed by neither the myth nor the reality when she arrives in Montana in the summer of 1956.
The reality of life in the West is harder and more complicated than the myth.
One lives with myth, one lives with these children in their masks, as if there were a truth there.
One of the most common answers I found when asking Scots about the roots of the myth was poverty.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality|Noah Caldwell|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We seek for the origin of the savage factor of myth in one aspect of the intellectual condition of savages.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1|Andrew Lang
In other words, the Devil is a myth coming out of the terrible darkness of remote ages.Handbook of Freethought|Various
It must not be supposed that respect for the myth is a discovery of Sorel's.A Preface to Politics|Walter Lippmann
That the former is by no means a myth--at least in many qualities--the average reader might be pardoned for doubting.The Forest|Stewart Edward White
Don Juan was a myth before Mozart touched him with the magic wand of music.Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece|John Addington Symonds