mythology

Definitions

  • The ornate fountain featuring mythological figures
    The ornate fountain featuring mythological figures
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mythology the study of myths
    • n mythology myths collectively; the body of stories associated with a culture or institution or person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word Nike comes from Greek Mythology. Nike is the goddess of victory and was often depicted as a small winged figure whom the goddess Athene carried
    • Mythology A body of myths; esp., the collective myths which describe the gods of a heathen people; as, the mythology of the Greeks.
    • Mythology The science which treats of myths; a treatise on myths.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: All the moons of the Solar System are named after Greek and Roman mythology, except the moons of Uranus, which are named after Shakespearean characters.
    • n mythology The science of myths; the science which investigates myths with a view to their interpretation and to discover the degree of relationship existing between the myths of different peoples; also, the description or history of myths. The study of surviving myths among European nations and of the imperfectly developed mythic systems of barbarous or savage races is usually accounted part of the study of folklore.
    • n mythology A system of myths or fables in which are embodied the convictions of a people in regard to their origin, divinities, heroes, founders, etc. See myth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Let us look at the possible origin of 'banana'. 'ba', in Egyptian mythology is the soul. 'Nana', as we all know, is another word for grandmother. So, is a banana, the grandmother of the soul?
    • Mythology the myths or stories of a country: a treatise regarding myths: a collection of myths: the science which investigates myths
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Quotations

  • Susan Sontag
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    “A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning.”
  • Philip Roth
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    “Undermining experience, embellishing experience, rearranging and enlarging experience into a species of mythology.”
  • Tennessee Williams
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    “All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.”
  • Mrs. Humphrey Ward
    Mrs. Humphrey Ward
    “One may as well preach a respectable mythology as anything else.”
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
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    “If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mythologie, L. mythologia, Gr. myqologi`a; my^qos, fable, myth + lo`gos speech, discourse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. mythos.

Usage

In literature:

The modern pastoral romance had already evolved itself from a blending of the eclogue with the mythological tale.
"Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama" by Walter W. Greg
Equally favoured were stories dealing with Norse Mythology and the heroic legends of his race.
"The Soul of a Child" by Edwin Bjorkman
A mythological frontispiece was, in those days, of service to a caravan of mountebanks.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
It is, of course, easy to give both mythology, and 'the science of spectres,' the go by.
"Cock Lane and Common-Sense" by Andrew Lang
Resemblance of the Scandinavian Mythology to that of Zoroaster Sec.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
An age of mythology yields to an age of subjectivity; reason being equally neglected and exceeded in both.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
They are Ganymedes, borrowed from mythology, not from the Bible.
"The Cathedral" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
They have both real histories and mythological histories.
"Myths and Legends of China" by E. T. C. Werner
Foreign influences stimulated mythology and imagery.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
The great tree Igdrasil in the northern mythology was an ash.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
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In poetry:

Were I a clumsy poet
I'd compare you to Helen;
Ransack the mythologies
Greek, Chinese and Persian
"Divinity" by Irving Layton

In news:

The mythology of the West as depicted in dimestore novels and Hollywood fantasy has been pretty thoroughly discredited by now.
(October 25, 2012) In Greek and Roman mythology, they were twins.
IN THEIR collective mythology, Americans owe their wealth to an entrepreneurial spirit which government has usually only served to suppress.
Colorado massacre casts ugly scar on Batman mythology.
He went out to Southside Jamaica, Queens, the area 50 Cent and his G-Unit crew mythologized in rhyme.
Talking Mythology And Twitter Over Spumoni With Ava Luna.
Mythology Book Club for Kids.
His image, mythologized into the pantheon of American heroes, supports the weight of the great changes that took place in America during his lifetime but as with many legends, there is the myth and then there is the truth.
Author Jennifer Stuller On Superwomen In Modern Mythology .
The mythological fables were adapted for the stage by Adam Hoffman and directed by Dennis O'Connell of the Magical Theatre Company.
Mitt Romney's tax mythology , made simple.
Prometheus' melds 'Alien' mythology with '2001' mystery.
Congressional candidate addresses her interest in 'New Age' mythology .
The mythology of Obama's obstacles.
A Deeper Mythology Emerges In the Latest Trailer for Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'.
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In science:

Getting rid of current mythological ideas on GW’s – and BH’s – will be a painful operation.
No motions of bodies produce GW's
In Norse mythology, Bifrost (pron. bee-frost) is the name of the rainbow bridge from Midgard (the real of man) to Asgard (the realm of the gods), build from fire, water and air.
The stellar atmosphere simulation code Bifrost
Human-powered flight entered the mythology of the ancient Chinese and Romans, the designs of da Vinci, yet was only accomplished within the last generation as a direct result of a prize set up for the express purpose of promoting that technology.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
Then the term “ rigor ” acquires a mythological aspect — and often used as a means of self-differentiation — b eing a sign of absence of genuinely new ideas.
Theory of asymptotic operation. A summary of basic principles
Software Science is Still a Functional Mythology Today A mature design discipline is one which has achieved a fully mature functional mechanics. A mature functional mechanics involves a mature statefull science discipline as well as a mature empirical engineering discipline.
Ten Incredibly Dangerous Software Ideas
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