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mythnoun

uk   us   /mɪθ/
  • myth noun (ANCIENT STORY)

B2 [C or U] an ​ancientstory or set of ​stories, ​especiallyexplaining the early ​history of a ​group of ​people or about ​naturalevents and ​facts: ancient myths The ​childrenenjoyed the ​stories about the ​gods and ​goddesses ofGreek and Roman myth. Most ​societies have ​their own ​creation myths.

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  • myth noun (FALSE IDEA)

C1 [C + that] disapproving a ​commonlybelieved but ​falseidea: Statistics disprove the myth that women are ​worsedrivers than men.
(Definition of myth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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mythnoun [C/U]

 us   /mɪθ/
literature a ​traditionalstory, esp. one which ​explains the early ​history or a ​culturalbelief or ​practice of a ​group of ​people, or ​explains a ​naturalevent: [C] Kids like the ​stories about the ​gods and ​goddesses of Greek and ​Roman myths. A myth is also a ​commonlybelieved but ​falseidea: [C] Equal ​opportunitycontinues to be a myth for many.
mythological
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˌmɪθ·əˈlɑdʒ·ɪ·kəl/
mythological ​tales
(Definition of myth from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “myth”
in Korean 신화, 근거 없이 믿는 것…
in Arabic أسطورة…
in Malaysian dongeng…
in French mythe…
in Russian миф, выдумка, вымысел…
in Chinese (Traditional) 古代故事, 神話…
in Italian mito…
in Turkish efsane, söylenti, uydurma şey…
in Polish mit…
in Spanish mito…
in Vietnamese thần thoại…
in Portuguese mito…
in Thai นิทานปรัมปรา…
in German die (Götter-) Sage…
in Catalan mite…
in Japanese 神話, 作り話, (広く信じられているが)根拠のない説…
in Chinese (Simplified) 古代神话, 神话…
in Indonesian dongeng…
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