myth-ology

mythology

[mi-thol-uh-jee]
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.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English mythologie < Late Latin mȳthologia < Greek mȳthología. See mytho-, -logy

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mythology (mɪˈθɒlədʒɪ)
 
n , 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

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mythology
early 15c., "exposition of myths," from M.Fr. mythologie, from L.L. mythologia, from Gk. mythologia "legendary lore," from mythos "myth" (of unknown origin) + -logy "study." Meaning "a body of myths" first recorded 1781.
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mythology definition


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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