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mythology

[mi-thol-uh-jee] /mɪˈθɒl ə dʒi/
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 of mythology
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English mythologie < Late Latin mȳthologia < Greek mȳthología. See mytho-, -logy
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mythology

/mɪˈθɒlədʒɪ/
noun (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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Word Origin and History for mythology
n.

early 15c., "exposition of myths," from Middle French mythologie and directly from Late Latin mythologia, from Greek mythologia "legendary lore, a telling of mythic legends; a legend, story, tale," from mythos "myth" (of unknown origin) + -logy "study." Meaning "a body of myths" first recorded 1781.

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mythology in Culture

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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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