Definitions

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

  • adjective Of or relating to the making of myths.
  • adjective Serving to create or engender myths; productive in mythmaking.

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  • adjective Giving rise to myths; pertaining to the creation of myth.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Greek mūthopoios, composer of fiction, from mūthopoiein, to relate a story : mūthos, story + poiein, to make; see kwei- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Hellenistic Ancient Greek μυθοποιία ("mythopoeia") +‎ -ic.

Examples

  • When Nick Hornby called Drooker's work "mythopoeic," he wasn't kidding.

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  • Elephantiasis, Hydro-phobia, and Penal Servitude_), without once experiencing the "aching void" which is filled by such words as "mythopoeic," and "anthropomorphism."

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  • During the story another character attempts to refute him by saying about mythopoeic archetypes,

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  • It seems like Lindsay hits on the sparse but mythopoeic style that MacDonald had.

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  • You've heard in thirty years there'll be no more fish in the ocean and yet, today, orca pods roll on their hunt single-eyeing us, five of them, black humps, a mythopoeic serpent undulating, penumbrating, honing in for the slow deadly bite.

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  • The poet does this in an attempt to give their scientific experiment “meaning” by describing it with mythopoeic archetypes.

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  • Others say that certain demographic changes shifted the balance of power away from angst and viscera towards scratching the mythopoeic urge to immerse oneself in a fantasy landscape.

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  • Others say that certain demographic changes shifted the balance of power away from angst and viscera towards scratching the mythopoeic urge to immerse oneself in a fantasy landscape.

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  • All three are rich with the sort of mythopoeic imagery that should particularly appeal to sf/fantasy readers, and Stevens's "The Man With the Blue Guitar" can be read, I think, as a sort of passionate defense of literary approaches derided by Realists.

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  • Ian commented that the story was “wonderfully descriptive and powerful and mythopoeic.”

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