[ mi-thol-uh-jee ]
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noun,plural my·thol·o·gies.
  1. a body of myths, as that of a particular people or that relating to a particular person: Greek mythology.

  2. myths collectively.

  1. the science or study of myths.

  2. a set of stories, traditions, or beliefs associated with a particular group or the history of an event, arising naturally or deliberately fostered: the Fascist mythology of the interwar years.

Origin of mythology

1375–1425; late Middle English mythologie<Late Latin mȳthologia<Greek mȳthología.See mytho-, -logy

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British Dictionary definitions for mythology


/ (mɪˈθɒlədʒɪ) /

nounplural -gies
  1. a body of myths, esp one associated with a particular culture, institution, person, etc

  2. a body of stories about a person, institution, etc: the mythology of Hollywood

  1. myths collectively

  2. the study or collecting of myths

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Cultural definitions for mythology


The body of myths belonging to a culture. Myths are traditional stories about gods and heroes. They often account for the basic aspects of existence — explaining, for instance, how the Earth was created, why people have to die, or why the year is divided into seasons. Classical mythology — the myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans — has had an enormous influence on European and American culture.

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