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 (mĭth′ĭ-kəl) also myth·ic (-ĭk)
1. Of or existing in myth: the mythical unicorn.
2. Imaginary; fictitious.
3. often mythic Of, relating to, or having the nature of a myth: a novel of profound, almost mythic consequence.

myth′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˈmɪθɪkəl) or


1. (Classical Myth & Legend) of or relating to myth
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) imaginary or fictitious
ˈmythically adv


(ˈmɪθ ɪ kəl)

also myth′ic,

1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or involving a myth.
2. dealt with in myth, as a prehistoric period.
3. existing only in myth or legend.
4. without foundation in fact; fictitious: a mythical explanation.
[1670–80; < Late Latin mȳthic(us) (< Greek mȳthikós of myths; see myth, -ic) + -al1]
myth′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mythical - based on or told of in traditional stories; lacking factual basis or historical validity; "mythical centaurs"; "the fabulous unicorn"
unreal - lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria; "ghosts and other unreal entities"; "unreal propaganda serving as news"


1. legendary, storied, fabulous, imaginary, fairy-tale, fabled, mythological, storybook, allegorical, folkloric, chimerical the mythical beast that had seven or more heads
2. imaginary, made-up, fantasy, invented, pretended, untrue, unreal, fabricated, fanciful, fictitious, make-believe, nonexistent They are trying to preserve a mythical sense of nationhood.


Of or existing only in myths:


[ˈmɪθɪkəl] ADJ (Myth) [beast, creature] → mítico; (= imaginary) → imaginario


[ˈmɪθɪkəl] adj
(= imaginary) → mythique
(= non-existent) → mythique


(of myth)mythisch; the mythical figure/character of Arthurdie mythische Artusfigur, die Sagengestalt des Artus
(= fantastic) proportions, status, figurelegendär; their rivalry has taken on mythical proportionsihre Rivalität ist zur Legende geworden
(= unreal) figure, worldfantastisch, phantastisch; (= invented)erfunden


[ˈmɪθɪkl] adjmitico/a


(miθ) noun
an ancient, fictional story, especially one dealing with gods, heroes etc.
ˈmythical adjective
ˈmythically adverb
mythology (miˈθolədʒi) noun
(a collection of) myths.
ˌmythoˈlogical (-ˈlo-) adjective
References in classic literature ?
Casaubon aimed) that all the mythical systems or erratic mythical fragments in the world were corruptions of a tradition originally revealed.
This mythical tale, of which the subject was a history of the wars of the Athenians against the Island of Atlantis, is supposed to be founded upon an unfinished poem of Solon, to which it would have stood in the same relation as the writings of the logographers to the poems of Homer.
He wants me to help organize an expedition to go to Central America--to the Copan valley, to be exact--to look for this somewhat mythical idol of gold.
Milesian = slang for Irish, from Milesius, mythical Spanish conqueror of Ireland; Evreux = town in Normandy, France; a D'Uzes = a member of an ancient noble family in southern France}
Caprona has always been considered a more or less mythical land, though it is vouched for by an eminent navigator of the eighteenth century; but Bowen's narrative made it seem very real, however many miles of trackless ocean lay between us and it.
There was Terrence the Magnificent--descended, as Van Horn remembered, from the American-bred Milton Droleen, out of the Queen of County Antrim, Breda Muddler, which royal bitch, as every one who is familiar with the stud book knows, goes back as far as the almost mythical Spuds, with along the way no primrose dallyings with black- and-tan Killeney Boys and Welsh nondescripts.
He found, with rare and mythical exceptions, that there was no noblesse oblige among the business and financial supermen.
In a word, there is no more solid ground for treating Perses and his quarrel with Hesiod as fictitious than there would be for treating Cyrnus, the friend of Theognis, as mythical.
Then Teta Elzbieta recollected suddenly that Szedvilas had been the name of the mythical friend who had made his fortune in America.
There is a mythical story of a wonderful speaking-trumpet possessed by Alexander the Great, by which he could call a soldier who was ten miles distant; but there was probably no substitute for the human voice except flags and beacon-fires, or any faster method of travel than the gait of a horse or a camel across ungraded plains.
There is no LOGICAL objection to this theory, but there is the objection, which we spoke of earlier, that the act seems mythical, and is not to be found by observation.
Truly, having by this time said everything she could say in maintenance of her wonderfully mythical position, and in admonition to Mr Meagles that he must not expect to bear his honours of alliance too cheaply, Mrs Gowan was disposed to forgo the rest.