Origin of myth
Definition for myth (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for myth
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
British Dictionary definitions for myth (1 of 2)
Word Origin for myth
British Dictionary definitions for myth (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for myth
1830, from French Mythe (1818) and directly from Modern Latin mythus, from Greek mythos "speech, thought, story, myth, anything delivered by word of mouth," of unknown origin.
Myths are "stories about divine beings, generally arranged in a coherent system; they are revered as true and sacred; they are endorsed by rulers and priests; and closely linked to religion. Once this link is broken, and the actors in the story are not regarded as gods but as human heroes, giants or fairies, it is no longer a myth but a folktale. Where the central actor is divine but the story is trivial ... the result is religious legend, not myth." [J. Simpson & S. Roud, "Dictionary of English Folklore," Oxford, 2000, p.254]
General sense of "untrue story, rumor" is from 1840.