myth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n myth a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It's a common myth that chocolate aggravates acne. Experiments conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Naval Academy found that consumption of chocolate -even frequent daily dietary intake -had no effect on the incidence of acne. Professional dermatologists today do not link acne with diet.
    • Myth A person or thing existing only in imagination, or whose actual existence is not verifiable. "As for Mrs. Primmins's bones, they had been myths these twenty years."
    • Myth A story of great but unknown age which originally embodied a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; an ancient legend of a god, a hero, the origin of a race, etc.; a wonder story of prehistoric origin; a popular fable which is, or has been, received as historical.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rhinos are in the same family as horses, and are thought to have inspired the myth of the unicorn.
    • n myth A traditional story in which the operations of natural forces and occurrences in human history are represented as the actions of individual living beings, especially of men, or of imaginary extra-human beings acting like men; a tale handed down from primitive times, and in form historical, but in reality involving elements of early religious views, as respecting the origin of things, the powers of nature and their workings, the rise of institutions, the history of races and communities, and the like; a legend of cosmogony, of gods and heroes, and of animals possessing wondrous gifts.
    • n myth In a looser sense, an invented story; something purely fabulous or having no existence in fact; an imaginary or fictitious individual or object: as, his wealthy relative was a mere myth; his having gone to Paris is a myth. Myth is thus often used as a euphemism for falsehood or lie. Synonyms Myth, Fable, Parable. See the quotation.
    • n myth A landmark for directing the course of a vessel through a channel, or along a dangerous shore.
    • n myth An abbreviation of mythological, mythology.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Myth mith a fable, a legend, a fabulous narrative founded on a remote event, esp. those made in the early period of a people's existence: an invented story: a falsehood
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Quotations

  • V. S. Pritchett
    V. S. Pritchett
    “In our family, as far as we are concerned, we were born and what happened before that is myth.”
  • Robert Heller
    Robert Heller
    “The first myth of management is that it exists. The second myth of management is that success equals skill.”
  • Roland Barthes
    Roland%20Barthes
    “Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion.”
  • Joseph Campbell
    Joseph Campbell
    “Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.”
  • James Feibleman
    James Feibleman
    “A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.”
  • Claude Levi-Strauss
    Claude%20Levi-Strauss
    “I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. my^qos myth, fable, tale, talk, speech: cf. F. mythe,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. mythos.

Usage

In literature:

How valuable is every witness to the ancient records, which were fading into myths in the memories of men.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
There has always been a mystery connected with the origin and use of fire, which has led to many myths.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
This God-myth amuses me.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
And there is the whole myth and explanation of why the great diamond is revered among us as a holy of holies.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
All these are, of course, sun gods, and the whole dramatization or myth is in keeping with the activities of the sun.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
Jehovah is the sun-myth rewritten to fit in with the ideals and hopes of the owning, master class of the Jews.
"Communism and Christianism" by William Montgomery Brown
Architecture, Mysticism, and Myth.
"Froebel's Gifts" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The authority for this belief is sought in religious myths.
"The Position of Woman in Primitive Society" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Why quote a myth as a fact?
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Myth, Ritual, and Religion.
"An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Religion" by Frank Byron Jevons
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In poetry:

Myths tell of walls and cities that arose
To melody. But I would build with tone,
Had I that harp, a world for us alone,
A world of love, and joy, and deep repose.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part I" by Madison Julius Cawein
That Past is gone; its sylvan shrines have crumbled;
From lake and grove the gentle fauns have fled;
Its myths are scorned, Olympus has been humbled,
And Pan is dead.
"Beside Lake Como" by John Lawson Stoddard
Some could not bear nor break the young and mourn for
The wounded myths that once made nations good,
Some lost a world they never understood,
Some saw too clearly all that man was born for.
"from In Time of War" by W H Auden
I bend my soul unto them, stilled
In worship man hath lost;
The old-world myths that science killed
Are living things almost
To me through these whose forms are filled
With Beauty's pagan ghost.
"Second Sight" by Madison Julius Cawein
E'en as the Sibyl in Northland-dawn drew
Forth from the myth-billows gliding,
Told all the past, all the future so true,
Sank with the lands' last subsiding,—
Prophecies leaving, eternally new,
Still abiding
"On The Death Of N. F. S. Grundtvig" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
You who drink for drinking’s sake, love for lust alone,
Thinking heaven is a myth and the world your own—
Dancing gaily down to hell in the devil’s dance—
This I have to say to you: “Give your souls a chance”.
"Give yourself a Show: New Year's Eve" by Henry Lawson

In news:

The Myth of America's Decline: Leading the World Economy into the 1990s by Henry R Nau Oxford University Press, 448 pp.
An African master recedes behind his own myth.
5 myths about Latino voters.
Company invokes folklore , myth to stretch boundaries of Jewish theater.
5 myths that try to explain mystery of the sun.
Here are some myths that stop parents from taking in foster kids.
Elsewhere I have had occasion to comment before on the Washington Post 's Sunday Outlook feature on "Five Myths About," in which a guest writer each week debunks five myths about something or other.
Five myths about free enterprise .
The Myth of Speed "Quick change" is what many of us associate with political revolution.
'Myths and Truth' at Exeter Township site separates fact, fiction about Daniel Boone.
Daniel Boone Homestead volunteer Diane Kiefer in the new "Myths and Truths" exhibit at the Exeter Township historic site.
THE MYTHS AND GODS OF INDIA by Alain Danielou.
THE MYTH OF CONTINENTS A Critique of Metageography.
Here are 12 persistent myths about Mormonism .
When the British historian A. Taylor declared in the 1960's that German resistance to the Nazis was a myth, his was a widely held view.
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In science:

Brook, The wages of wins: taking measure of the many myths in modern sport.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
The stepping stone model: New formulas expose old myths.
Recent progress in coalescent theory
Thisstatement perpetuates a myth that is frequently repeated in discussions of bootstrapping asapplied to phylogenetic analysis.
Bayesian posterior probabilities: revisited
Humans have always been fascinated by machines, so much so that Greek myths also have a mention of them.
To study the phenomenon of the Moravec's Paradox
It is a common myth that CPU consumption will raise infinitely while we increase the spin count.
Exploring Oracle RDBMS latches using Solaris DTrace
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