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[mith-i-kuh l] /ˈmɪθ ɪ kəl/
pertaining to, of the nature of, or involving a myth.
dealt with in myth, as a prehistoric period.
dealing with myths, as writing.
existing only in myth, as a person.
without foundation in fact; imaginary; fictitious:
The explanation was entirely mythical.
Origin of mythical
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mythical
  • The city's many strange, surreal places make dining here an almost mythical experience.
  • Think about that when you catch yourself toiling toward some mythical standard of perfection.
  • Always rare, the flytrap is now in danger of becoming the mythical creature it sounds as if it should be.
  • To ingest the tiger, it is believed, is to gain some of its mythical strength and powers.
  • It is not a mythical creature or someones nightmares coming to life.
  • My point was that dismissing conventional wisdom as mythical without a scientific reference is poor form for a science writer.
  • And even plagiarism is to be preferred to the recycling of mythical or distorted history.
  • But there's plenty of evidence to suggest those efficiencies are mythical or exaggerated.
British Dictionary definitions for mythical


of or relating to myth
imaginary or fictitious
Derived Forms
mythically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mythical

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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