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mythical

or mythic

[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.
Origin of mythical
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 mythically
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  • The present universe is mythically arranged in regard to their early adventures: the separation of sky and earth, and so forth.

    The Homeric Hymns Andrew Lang
  • Nature has her law, and if it be not observed, the penalty follows, when she may be said to be mythically angry.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • But mythically it is connected with Niflheim, the kingdom of Hela, the shadowy realm of death.

  • There were vague stories among the hardy settlers about new lands incredibly distant, mythically rich in interest.

    The Way to the West Emerson Hough
  • He may be, as mythically conceived, only one out of a crowd of similar magnified non-natural men or lower animals.

  • All this, mythically, illustratively, and by no means doctrinally or polemically.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
  • First we have, in the myths of all races, the most grotesque conceptions of the character of gods when mythically envisaged.

  • In this mythically spiritual atmosphere, all peoples formerly lived and in great part still continue to live.

    Myth and Science Tito Vignoli
British Dictionary definitions for mythically

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 mythically

mythical

adj.

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

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