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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Example sentences
Once again, mythology trumps full historical accuracy.
Considering the classical training of the early paleontologists, many of them
  had a firm grasp of mythology.
Baseball, according to American mythology, was first played by barefoot boys in
  small towns when the country was young.
The mythology of wolves is certainly greater than the reality.
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