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[mith-os, mahy-thos] /ˈmɪθ ɒs, ˈmaɪ θɒs/
noun, plural mythoi
[mith-oi, mahy-thoi] /ˈmɪθ ɔɪ, ˈmaɪ θɔɪ/ (Show IPA)
the underlying system of beliefs, especially those dealing with supernatural forces, characteristic of a particular cultural group.
myth (def 1).
mythology (def 1).
Origin of mythos
1745-55; < Greek mȳ́thos; see myth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The noble savage mythos has been well and truly shattered for some time now.
  • Such are the conceptions, based on fact, from which new intimations of immortality can be drawn and a new mythos evolved.
  • But this summer's films appear to be interested in an even tighter braiding of comic-book-ish legend and our national mythos.
  • Maybe what is needed is a new mythos that is not so offensive to your sensibilities.
  • Maybe not a character, per se, but the commercials he did are mythos now.
  • The essence in the mythos is that the human world and our role in it is an illusion.
British Dictionary definitions for mythos


/ˈmaɪθɒs; ˈmɪθɒs/
noun (pl) -thoi (-θɔɪ)
the complex of beliefs, values, attitudes, etc, characteristic of a specific group or society
another word for myth, mythology
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