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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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Related Words for mythical

whimsical, storied, allegorical, mythic, unreal, fictitious, fabled, legendary, fanciful, imaginary, chimerical, fabulous, fantasy, made-up, nonexistent, pretended, traditional, untrue, visionary, fictive

Examples from the Web for mythical

Contemporary Examples of mythical

Historical Examples of mythical

  • The mythical or cosmical element reminds us of the Timaeus, the ideal of the Republic.

  • The most famous and the longest, is the laws of Manu, a mythical progenitor of mankind.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • Here they will exclaim perchance, 'What have you to do with a mythical god?'

  • Troyan is also the name of a mythical king who often figures in Slavonic legends.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

  • This mythical Wells gang could have been holed up in the city, too, you know.

    The Best Made Plans

    Everett B. Cole


British Dictionary definitions for mythical

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 mythical

adj.

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

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