Definition of mythos in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmiTHōs/ Pronunciation: /-äs/

noun (plural mythoi /ˈmiTHoi/)

chiefly technical
1A myth or mythology.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1(In literature) a traditional or recurrent narrative theme or plot structure.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.2A set of beliefs or assumptions about something: the rhetoric and mythos of science create the comforting image of linear progression toward truth
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  • I told them both about my crusade to spread the word of sustainability and debunk the mythos about long-haired, granola-eating folk that surrounds it.
  • The fact that she is on record as being sexually experimental simply feeds into that mythos.
  • Really otherwise uninteresting people can be celebrities; it deconstructs the whole mythos.


Mid 18th century: from Greek.

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Syllabification: myth·os

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