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or myth·o·pe·ic  (mĭth′ə-pē′ĭk) also myth·o·po·et·ic (-pō-ĕt′ĭk)
1. Of or relating to the making of myths.
2. Serving to create or engender myths; productive in mythmaking.

[From Greek mūthopoios, composer of fiction, from mūthopoiein, to relate a story : mūthos, story + poiein, to make; see kwei- in Indo-European roots.]

myth′o·poe′ia (-pē′ə), myth′o·po·e′sis (-pō-ē′sĭs) n.
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(ˌmɪθəʊpəʊˈɛtɪk) or


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a variant of mythopoeic
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This Fall issue begins with an article by Kevin Larsen, whose essay, rather than examining Don Quixote's influence across time and space, explores instead the profound mythopoetic debt that Cervantes's masterpiece owes to the sacred scriptures of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
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