Mythology



[mi-thol-uh-jee] /mɪˈθɒl ə dʒi/

noun, plural mythologies.
1.
a body of myths, as that of a particular people or that relating to a particular person:
Greek mythology.
2.
myths collectively.
3.
the science or study of myths.
4.
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.
/mɪˈθɒlədʒɪ/
noun (pl) -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
3.
myths collectively
4.
the study or collecting of myths
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.

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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