- ( RP ) enPR: mĭthôlôjē, IPA: /mɪˈθɒlədʒi/
- ( US ) IPA: /mɪˈθɑːlədʒi/
- Rhymes: -ɒlədʒi
- ( countable and uncountable ) The collection of myths of a people, concerning the origin of the people, history, deities, ancestors and heroes .
- ( countable and uncountable ) A similar body of myths concerning an event, person or institution.
- 2003, Peter Utgaard, Remembering & Forgetting Nazism: Education, National Identity, and the Victim Myth in Postwar Austria, Berghahn Books, ISBN 978-1-57181-187-5, page x:
- ( countable and uncountable ) Pervasive elements of a fictional universe that resemble a mythological universe.
- 2000 April 28, Caryn James ( ? ), As Scheherazade Was Saying . . ., in The New York Times, page E31, reproduced in The New York Times Television Reviews 2000, Routledge ( 2001 ), ISBN 978-1-57958-060-5, page 198:
- ( uncountable ) The systematic collection and study of myths .
First attested in English in 1412. From Middle French mythologie, from Latin mythologia, from Ancient Greek μυθολογία ( muthologia, “legend” ) μυθολογέω ( muthologeō, “I tell tales” ), from μυθολόγος ( muthologos, “legend” ), from μῦθος ( muthos, “story” ) + λέγω ( legō, “I say” ) .
Explanation of mythology by Wordnet Dictionary
- Mythology n.; pl. Mythologies [F. mythologie, L. mythologia, Gr. μυθολογία; μῦθος, fable, myth + λόγος speech, discourse.]
1. The science which treats of myths; a treatise on myths.
2. A body of myths; esp., the collective myths which describe the gods of a heathen people; as, “the mythology of the Greeks”.
Definition of mythology by GCIDE Dictionary