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  1. of or relating to the making of myths; causing, producing, or giving rise to myths.
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Also myth·o·po·et·ic [mith-uh-poh-et-ik] /ˌmɪθ ə poʊˈɛt ɪk/.

Origin of mythopoeic

1840–50; < Greek mȳthopoi(ós) making tales (mȳtho- mytho- + -poios making (poi(eîn) to make + -os adj. suffix) + -ic
Related formsmyth·o·poe·ism, nounmyth·o·poe·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for mythopoeic

Historical Examples

  • The early Greek physicists thought that mythopoeic men had been physicists.

    Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1

    Andrew Lang

  • The believer reasoned from his own prejudiced and mythopoeic conception of people whom he disliked.

  • A somewhat higher stage of mythopoeic development is represented by peoples of Oceania and North America.

  • Nevertheless, even in the mythopoeic tales there is a kindred character.

  • Symonds treats it as an allegory in harmony with the mythopoeic genius of Greek poetry.

British Dictionary definitions for mythopoeic


  1. of or relating to the composition of myths; productive of myths
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Derived Formsmythopoeism, nounmythopoeist, noun
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Word Origin and History for mythopoeic


"pertaining to the creation of myths," 1846, from Greek mytho-, comb. form of mythos (see myth) + poiein "to make, create" (see poet).

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