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myth

noun uk   /mɪθ/ us  

myth noun (ANCIENT STORY)

B2 [C or U] an ancient story or set of stories, especially explaining the early history of a group of people or about natural events and facts: ancient myths The children enjoyed the stories about the gods and goddesses of Greek and Roman myth. Most societies have their own creation myths.

myth noun (FALSE IDEA)

C1 [C + that] disapproving a commonly believed but false idea: Statistics disprove the myth that women are worse drivers than men.
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