Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or existing in myth.
  • adjective Imaginary; fictitious.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or having the nature of a myth.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Relating to or characterized by myths; described in a myth; existing only in a myth or myths; fabulous; fabled; imaginary.
  • Untrue; invented; false.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Existing in myth.
  • adjective by extension not real; false or fabricated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective based on or told of in traditional stories; lacking factual basis or historical validity

Etymologies

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myth + -ical

Examples

  • I use the term mythical, because why should 5,000 be better than 4,998 or 6,002?

    Das Mixture

  • I use the term mythical, because why should 5,000 be better than 4,998 or 6,002?

    Das Mixture

  • Just before describing what he termed the mythical historical narrative of the policy, he offered a scenario that the Bush administration might use as a convenient invitation to .. '

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Brzezinski on the Path to War with Iran

  • Just before describing what he termed the mythical historical narrative of the policy, he offered a scenario that the Bush administration might use as a convenient invitation to ..

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Brzezinski on the Path to War with Iran

  • Somewhere, on the edge of consciousness, there is what I call a mythical norm, which each one of us within our hearts knows “that is not me.”

    Deviating from the Norm: A Deviant Analysis of Kate Chopin's The Awakening as Coming Out Story

  • Chaucer's Bitch said ... ok, the lack of 'l' in 'mythical' was a typo, but the 'i' in 'elvis' wasn't.

    Speaking of nerdy, this is the 400th index card.

  • Congratulations on Murray Kempton's article on what he himself calls the mythical mafia (Sept. 11).

    Sicilians and Others

  • Within the latter, the story splits further to focus in turn on Jacuzzi Splot and his crew, Ladd Russo and his crew, the cultists, and the immortal boy Czeslaw, each of which have their own distinct agendas but nearly all of which find themselves messed up with the rampage of someone - or something - some refer to as the mythical Rail Tracer.

    Anime News Network

  • It’s pretty straightforward: to quote the plays’ website, the Wingfield plays are “about city stockbroker Walt Wingfield who quits the rat race to buy a hundred acre farm in mythical Persephone Township an hour north of Toronto.”

    My CBC review of Wingfield's Inferno

  • (And, yes, other bloggers 'opinions notwithstanding, mythical is a perfectly proper word to use in the context of many mystery animals or animals with folkloric connotation.

    Archive 2008-04-01

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