Definition of mythos in English:


Line breaks: my¦thos
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪθɒs
, ˈmɪθɒs

noun (plural mythoi /-θɔɪ/)

chiefly • technical
  • 1A myth or mythology: the Arthurian mythos
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    • Much of the traditional Arthurian mythos has simply been left out.
    • In this unique, austere interpretation of the Arthurian mythos, there isn't a shot or a camera movement that doesn't represent thought - and love.
    • The Vulcan of the Islamic mythos was named Jabr.
  • 1.1A traditional or recurrent narrative theme or plot structure.
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    • This is the central mythos, the guiding narrative, of modernity of course.
    • This is the mythos of tragedy, combined with a glorious transcendence of conflict.
    • For Frye this meant that there were four archetypal plot modes, or mythoi, that characterized Western literature.


mid 18th century: from Greek.

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