Definition of mythical in English:


Line breaks: myth|ic¦al
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪθɪkəl


  • 1Occurring in or characteristic of myths or folk tales: one of Denmark’s greatest mythical heroes
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    • I had always thought that the Centaur was a mythical beast, but obviously the Greek aristocracy know where to find them.
    • They represented deities, mythical creatures, imaginary beasts, and recognizable fauna imbued with symbolic meanings.
    • The Gorgon was a mythical creature who portrayed the darkest aspects of the feminine: revenge, hatred, lust for power, bitterness and self hatred.
  • 1.1Idealized, especially with reference to the past: a mythical age of contentment and social order
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    • The anti-capitalism of the protesters on the streets of Seattle represented not the old dream of human liberation, but a fear of the future and a determination to flee back into a mythical past.
    • Advocates of this doctrine did not propose a ‘return’ to some mythical American past.
    • All going well, it could be the perfect antidote to those who are insisting that we return to some mythical, homogenised past.
  • 1.2Fictitious: a mythical customer whose name appears in brochures promoting the bank’s services
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    • The mythical plumber has been named Piotr and is very dangerous.
    • Whatever happened to the days when TV shows used mythical place names?
    • These stories are inventive and mythical, but never frightening - in fact, it is their slightly humorous quality that lends them much of their charm.



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  • The past as Joyce envisaged it can be evoked as a persistent and even powerful residue in what is now present; but it will not be idealized or mythically glamorized.
  • Most verse (especially well-made free verse), given the tension between the line and the sentence, has about it a centrifugal force of push and pull that mythically enacts the gravity of an eternal return.
  • Definitional whirlpools and methodological monsters have realistically, not mythically, engulfed many reviewers and researchers.

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