Myth vs. Mythology

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

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.

Mythologynoun

A body or collection of myths belonging to a people and addressing their origin, history, deities, ancestors, and heroes.

Mythnoun

Such stories considered as a group

the realm of myth.

Mythologynoun

A body of myths associated with an event, individual, or institution

"A new mythology, essential to the ... American funeral rite, has grown up" (Jessica Mitford).

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.

Mythologynoun

The field of scholarship dealing with the systematic collection and study of myths.

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Mythnoun

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

Mythologynoun

The collection of myths of a people, concerning the origin of the people, history, deities, ancestors and heroes.

Mythnoun

A fictitious story, person, or thing

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

Mythologynoun

A similar body of myths concerning an event, person or institution.

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.

Mythologynoun

Pervasive elements of a fictional universe that resemble a mythological universe.

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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)

Mythologynoun

(uncountable) The systematic collection and study of myths.

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.

Mythologynoun

myths collectively; the body of stories associated with a culture or institution or person

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)

Mythologynoun

the study of myths

Mythnoun

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

Mythnoun

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