mythologem

[ mi-thol-uh-juh m ]
/ mɪˈθɒl ə dʒəm /

noun

a basic theme, as of revenge, self-sacrifice, or betrayal, that is shared by cultures throughout the world.

Origin of mythologem

1880–85; < Greek mȳthológēma mythical narrative, equivalent to mȳthologē- (variant stem of mȳthologeîn to tell as a legend; see mytho-, logos) + -ma noun suffix
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