Myth vs. Mystic

Myth vs. Mystic — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Myth and Mystic

Mythnoun

A traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental type in the worldview of a people, as by explaining aspects of the natural world or delineating the psychology, customs, or ideals of society

the myth of Eros and Psyche.a creation myth.

Mysticadjective

Of or relating to mysticism or mystics

mystic doctrines.

Mythnoun

Such stories considered as a group

the realm of myth.

Mysticadjective

Deeply or mysteriously spiritual; mystical

mystic experiences.

Mythnoun

A popular belief or story that has become associated with a person, institution, or occurrence, especially one considered to illustrate a cultural ideal

a star whose fame turned her into a myth.the pioneer myth of suburbia.

Mysticadjective

Of or relating to religious mysteries or occult rites and practices.

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Mythnoun

A fiction or half-truth, especially one that forms part of an ideology.

Mysticadjective

Inspiring a sense of mystery or wonder

a painting of a mystic landscape.

Mythnoun

A fictitious story, person, or thing

"German artillery superiority on the Western Front was a myth" (Leon Wolff).

Mysticnoun

One who practices or believes in mysticism or a given form of mysticism

Protestant mystics.

Mythnoun

A traditional story which embodies a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; a sacred narrative regarding a god, a hero, the origin of the world or of a people, etc.

Mysticadjective

Of, or relating to mystics, mysticism or occult mysteries; mystical.

a mystic dance
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Mythnoun

(uncountable) Such stories as a genre.

Myth was the product of man's emotion and imagination, acted upon by his surroundings. (E. Clodd, Myths & Dreams (1885), 7, cited after OED)

Mysticadjective

Mysterious and strange; arcane, obscure or enigmatic.

Mythnoun

A commonly-held but false belief, a common misconception; a fictitious or imaginary person or thing; a popular conception about a real person or event which exaggerates or idealizes reality.

Mysticnoun

Someone who practices mysticism.

Mythnoun

A person or thing held in excessive or quasi-religious awe or admiration based on popular legend

Father Flanagan was legendary, his institution an American myth. (Tucson (Arizona) Citizen, 20 September 1979, 5A/3, cited after OED)

Mysticnoun

someone who believes in the existence of realities beyond human comprehension

Mythnoun

A person or thing existing only in imagination, or whose actual existence is not verifiable.

Mysticadjective

having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding;

mysterious symbolsthe mystical style of Blakeoccult lorethe secret learning of the ancients

Mythnoun

a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people

Mysticadjective

relating to or resembling mysticism;

mystical intuitionmystical theories about the securities market

Mysticadjective

relating to or characteristic of mysticism;

mystical religion