• A traditional story which embodies a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; a sacred narrative regarding a god, a hero, the origin of the world or of a people, etc.
  • Such stories as a genre.
  • A commonly-held but false belief, a common misconception; a fictitious or imaginary person or thing; a popular conception about a real person or event which exaggerates or idealizes reality.
  • A person or thing held in excessive or quasi-religious awe or admiration based on popular legend
  • A person or thing existing only in imagination, or whose actual existence is not verifiable.
  • An invented story, theory, or concept.


  • From Ancient Greek μῦθος ("word, humour, companion, speech, account, rumour, fable"). Attested in English since 1830. mythos.

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