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mythopoeia Syllabification: myth·o·poe·ia
Pronunciation: /ˌmiTHəˈpēə/

Definition of mythopoeia in English:


The making of a myth or myths.
Example sentences
  • For, as noted above, Tasso's is the first vernacular poem to mold Musaeus in the Ovidian heroic manner: apostrophe, ethopoeia and digressive mythopoeia abound.
  • A long phase of reverence for rationality subverted his original, spiritually frenetic passion for tragic mythopoeia.
  • He is the only one who relates mythopoeia to the dynamism of human imagination.


Pronunciation: /ˌmiTHəˈpēik/
Example sentences
  • The approach is primarily mythopoeic, recognising that spiritual truths are better understood by means of allusion and symbol rather than through doctrine.
  • In the period before political independence, Francophone prose was typically elevated, extravagant, mythopoeic, and laced with surreal fantasy or utopian symbolism.
  • These psychogenetic affinities and ambiguities between carnal desires, cannibalism, death, and rebirth form the core symbolism of the mythopoeic imagery.


1950s: from Greek muthopoiia, from muthos 'myth' + poiein 'make'.

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