AskDefine | Define mythical

Dictionary Definition

mythical adj : based on or told of in traditional stories; lacking factual basis or historical validity; "mythical centaurs"; "the fabulous unicorn" [syn: fabulous, mythic, mythologic, mythological]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Existing in myth.
  2. not real; false or fabricated.


existing in myth


Extensive Definition

Myth is derived from the Greek word mythos, which means "word of mouth."

Academic usage

In the academic fields of mythology, mythography, or folkloristics, a myth is a sacred story usually concerning the origins of the world or how the world and the creatures in it came to be their present form. The active beings in myths are generally gods and heroes. Myths are often said to take place before recorded history begins. A myth is a sacred narrative in the sense that it contributes to systems of thought and values, and that people attach religious or spiritual significance to it. Use of the term by scholars does not imply that the narrative is either true or false.

Popular usage

In popular use, a myth is something that is widely thought to be false. This usage, which is often pejorative, arose from labeling the religious myths and beliefs of other cultures as being incorrect, but it has spread to cover non-religious beliefs as well. Because of this usage, many people take offense when the religious narratives they believe to be true are called myths (see religion and mythology for more information). This usage is frequently confused with legend, fiction, fairy tale, folklore, fable, and urban legend, each of which has a distinct meaning in academia.myths are on the earth to explain to the people how thing got on the earth on why they happen
Urban myth is an alternate term for urban legend.

See also

mythical in Afrikaans: Mite
mythical in Arabic: أسطورة
mythical in Bengali: উপকথা
mythical in Bulgarian: Мит
mythical in Czech: Mýtus
mythical in Danish: Myte
mythical in German: Mythos
mythical in Estonian: Müüt
mythical in Modern Greek (1453-): Μύθος
mythical in Spanish: Mito
mythical in Esperanto: Mito
mythical in French: Mythe
mythical in Scottish Gaelic: Ur-sgeulachdan
mythical in Croatian: Mit
mythical in Indonesian: Mitos
mythical in Italian: Mito
mythical in Hebrew: מיתוס
mythical in Javanese: Mitos
mythical in Georgian: მითი
mythical in Luxembourgish: Mthsi
mythical in Hungarian: Mítosz
mythical in Macedonian: Митови
mythical in Dutch: Mythe
mythical in Japanese: 神話
mythical in Norwegian: Myte
mythical in Polish: Mit
mythical in Portuguese: Mito
mythical in Romanian: Mit
mythical in Russian: Миф
mythical in Simple English: Myth
mythical in Slovak: Báj
mythical in Finnish: Myytti
mythical in Swedish: Myt
mythical in Ukrainian: Міф

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