or myth·ic

[mith-i-kuh l or mith-ik]
  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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for mythically

Contemporary Examples of mythically

  • Page Six is mythically the most important thing, gossip-wise, in America.

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    Long Live the Queen!

    Lloyd Grove

    February 25, 2009

Historical Examples of mythically

  • First we have, in the myths of all races, the most grotesque conceptions of the character of gods when mythically envisaged.

  • Nature has her law, and if it be not observed, the penalty follows, when she may be said to be mythically angry.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider

  • There were vague stories among the hardy settlers about new lands incredibly distant, mythically rich in interest.

    The Way to the West

    Emerson Hough

  • But mythically it is connected with Niflheim, the kingdom of Hela, the shadowy realm of death.

  • The present universe is mythically arranged in regard to their early adventures: the separation of sky and earth, and so forth.

British Dictionary definitions for mythically


mythic (ˈmɪθɪk)

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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper