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n. pl. my·thol·o·gies
a. A body or collection of myths belonging to a people and addressing their origin, history, deities, ancestors, and heroes.
b. A body of myths associated with an event, individual, or institution: "A new mythology, essential to the ... American funeral rite, has grown up" (Jessica Mitford).
2. The field of scholarship dealing with the systematic collection and study of myths.

[French mythologie, from Late Latin mȳthologia, from Greek mūthologiā, story-telling : mūthos, story + logos, saying; see -logy.]

my·thol′o·gist n.
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n, pl -gies
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) a body of myths, esp one associated with a particular culture, institution, person, etc
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a body of stories about a person, institution, etc: the mythology of Hollywood.
3. (Classical Myth & Legend) myths collectively
4. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) myths collectively
5. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the study or collecting of myths
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(mɪˈθɒl ə dʒi)

n., pl. -gies.
1. a body of myths, as that of a particular people.
2. myths collectively.
3. the science or study of myths.
4. a set of stories, traditions, or beliefs that have accrued around a particular person, event, or institution.
[1375–1425; late Middle English mythologie < Late Latin mȳthologia < Greek mȳthología. See mytho-, -logy]
my•thol′o•gist, n.
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See also god and gods.

battle between centaurs or between centaurs and men.
1. Greek Mythology. a horn of plenty, from the hom of the goat Amalthaea that dispensed an endless supply of food, drink, and other riches.
2. any copious or abundant supply or source. — cornucopian, adj.
a wood nymph.
the belief that the mythological gods were merely legendary kings and heroes deified. — euhemerist, n. — euhemeristic, adj.
a dryad that is the spirit of a particular tree.
Rare. a water nymph or naiad.
the attribution of supernatural events to mythological causes.
1. a student of myths.
2. an interpreter of myths.
an opponent of myths. — mythoclastic, adj.
1. the establishment and development of myths.
2. the tendency to create myths or to give mythical status to a person or event. Also called mythogeny. — mythogenetic, adj.
1. the collecting of myths.
2. the recording of myths in writing.
3. a critical collection of myths. — mythographer, mythographist, n.
a recurrent pattern, event, or theme in myths, as an explanation of the change of seasons; folklore motifs.
a narrator of myths and legends.
1. a body of stories relating the traditional origins and causes of the world, natural forces and phenomena, and cultural developments, as that of a particular people or relating to a particular person.
2. a collection of myths.
3. the science of myths. — mythologist, n. — mythological, adj.
the creation of myths. — mythopoeist, n. — mythopoeic, adj.
1. myth.
2. mythology.
3. the interrelationship of value structures and historical experiences of a people, usually given expression through the arts.
a nymph or spirit of rivers and streams.
any of the daughters of Oceanus and Tethys; a sea nymph.
a mixture of theology and mythology. — theomythologer, n.
according to Paracelsus, a water nymph or spirit, female in form and lacking a soul until married to a mortal and mother of his child.
1. the state or condition of being a vampire.
2. the actions or habits of vampires.
3. belief in the existence of vampires. — vampiric, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mythology - myths collectivelymythology - myths collectively; the body of stories associated with a culture or institution or person
Annwfn, Annwn - (Welsh mythology) the other world; land of fairies
mythology - the study of myths
myth - a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people
diffusion - the spread of social institutions (and myths and skills) from one society to another
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
classical mythology - the system of mythology of the Greeks and Romans together; much of Roman mythology (especially the gods) was borrowed from the Greeks
Norse mythology - the mythology of Scandinavia (shared in part by Britain and Germany) until the establishment of Christianity
Arjuna - (Hindu mythology) the warrior prince in the Bhagavad-Gita to whom Krishna explains the nature of being and of God and how humans can come to know God
Nibelung - (German mythology) any of the race of dwarfs who possessed a treasure hoard that was stolen by Siegfried
Nibelung - (German mythology) a companion or follower of Siegfried
Siegfried - (German mythology) mythical German warrior hero of the Nibelungenlied who takes possession of the accursed treasure of the Nibelungs by slaying the dragon that guards it and awakens Brynhild and is eventually killed; Sigurd is the Norse counterpart
Wayland, Wayland the Smith, Wieland - (European mythology) a supernatural smith and king of the elves; identified with Norse Volund
Teutonic deity - (German mythology) a deity worshipped by the ancient Teutons
Anglo-Saxon deity - (Anglo-Saxon mythology) a deity worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons
Brunhild, Brunnhilde, Brynhild - a Valkyrie or a queen in the Nibelungenlied who loved the hero Siegfried; when he deceived her she had him killed and then committed suicide
thunderbird - (mythology) the spirit of thunder and lightning believed by some Native Americans to take the shape of a great bird
2.mythology - the study of myths
cultural anthropology, social anthropology - the branch of anthropology that deals with human culture and society
mythology - myths collectively; the body of stories associated with a culture or institution or person
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A body of traditional beliefs and notions accumulated about a particular subject:
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عِلْمُ الْأَسَاطِيرِميثولوجيا: عِلْم الأساطير
goîafræîi; goîsagnir
thần thoại học


[mɪˈθɒlədʒɪ] Nmitología f
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nMythologie f
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[mɪˈθɒlədʒɪ] nmitologia
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(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
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عِلْمُ الْأَسَاطِيرِ mytologie mytologi Mythologie μυθολογία mitología mytologia mythologie mitologija mitologia 神話体系 신화 mythologie mytologi mitologia mitologia мифология mytologi ตำนาน mitoloji thần thoại học 神话
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