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mythical

[mith-i-kuh l] /ˈmɪθ ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or involving a myth.
2.
dealt with in myth, as a prehistoric period.
3.
dealing with myths, as writing.
4.
existing only in myth, as a person.
5.
without foundation in fact; imaginary; fictitious:
The explanation was entirely mythical.
Also, mythic.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < Late Latin mȳthicus < Greek mȳthikós of myths (see myth, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
mythically, adverb
mythicalness, noun
nonmythical, adjective
nonmythically, adverb
premythical, adjective
pseudomythical, adjective
pseudomythically, adverb
quasi-mythical, adjective
quasi-mythically, adverb
semimythic, adjective
semimythical, adjective
semimythically, adverb
unmythical, adjective
unmythically, adverb
Can be confused
mythical, mythological.
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Examples from the web for mythic
  • It is no longer a mythic symbol, however, but an actual event.
  • They require mythic motivators to persuade people to abandon the prime functions of their own brains.
  • If the quality is lower than the mythic past, that is the professor's fault, not the student.
  • His biblical construction brought a mythic air to the narrative that paradoxically marked legacy and rupture.
  • The punishment seems drastic even by mythic standards.
  • Deep mythic structures determine who is likable and who isn't among the famous dead.
  • LL histories that live in our hearts are peopled by archetypes in mythic narratives.
  • The bullhead had become mythic somehow, and thinking about it made him feel even more blue.
  • Grandiose mythic names for small chunks of ice and makes them sound almost magical places.
  • Scarabs are generally oval-shaped and stout, ranging in size from miniscule to mythic.
British Dictionary definitions for mythic

mythical

/ˈmɪθɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to myth
2.
imaginary or fictitious
Derived Forms
mythically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mythic
adj.

1660s, from Late Latin mythicus "legendary," from Greek mythikos, from mythos (see myth).

mythical

adj.

1670s; see mythic + -al (1).

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