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mythical

or myth·ic

[mith-i-kuh l or mith-ik]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or involving a myth.
  2. dealt with in myth, as a prehistoric period.
  3. dealing with myths, as writing.
  4. existing only in myth, as a person.
  5. without foundation in fact; imaginary; fictitious: The explanation was entirely mythical.
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Origin of mythical

1670–80; < Late Latin mȳthicus < Greek mȳthikós of myths (see myth, -ic) + -al1
Related formsmyth·i·cal·ly, adverbmyth·i·cal·ness, nounnon·myth·i·cal, adjectivenon·myth·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·myth·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·myth·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·myth·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-myth·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-myth·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·myth·ic, adjectivesem·i·myth·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·myth·i·cal·ly, adverbun·myth·i·cal, adjectiveun·myth·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedmythical mythological
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Examples from the Web for mythic

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Historical Examples

  • What compositions, then, would our mythic citizens of 1955 prefer?

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • You may interpret many a mythic tale by the facts which lie in your own blood.

  • The Ttos is a mythic horse possessed of the most marvellous powers.

  • But all experience proves that mythic and legendary miracles are grotesque.

    Modern Skepticism

    C. J. Ellicott

  • The only answers which they propound are the mythic and Tbingen theories.

    Modern Skepticism

    C. J. Ellicott


British Dictionary definitions for mythic

mythical

mythic (ˈmɪθɪk)

adjective
  1. of or relating to myth
  2. imaginary or fictitious
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Derived Formsmythically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mythic

adj.

1660s, from Late Latin mythicus "legendary," from Greek mythikos, from mythos (see myth).

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mythical

adj.

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

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