mythology

[ mi-thol-uh-jee ]
/ mɪˈθɒl ə dʒi /

noun, plural my·thol·o·gies.

a body of myths, as that of a particular people or that relating to a particular person: Greek mythology.
myths collectively.
the science or study of myths.
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.

Nearby words

  1. mythologem,
  2. mythological,
  3. mythologically,
  4. mythologist,
  5. mythologize,
  6. mythomane,
  7. mythomania,
  8. mythomaniac,
  9. mythopoeia,
  10. mythopoeic

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

mythology

/ (mɪˈθɒlədʒɪ) /

noun plural -gies

a body of myths, esp one associated with a particular culture, institution, person, etc
a body of stories about a person, institution, etcthe mythology of Hollywood
myths collectively
the study or collecting of myths
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Word Origin and History for mythology

mythology

n.

early 15c., "exposition of myths," from Middle French mythologie and directly from Late Latin mythologia, from Greek mythologia "legendary lore, a telling of mythic legends; a legend, story, tale," from mythos "myth" (of unknown origin) + -logy "study." Meaning "a body of myths" first recorded 1781.

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Culture definitions for mythology

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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