Mythology vs Misconception - What's the difference?

mythology | misconception |

As nouns the difference between mythology and misconception

is that mythology is the collection of myths of a people, concerning the origin of the people, history, deities, ancestors and heroes while misconception is a mistaken belief, a wrong idea.



  • The collection of myths of a people, concerning the origin of the people, history, deities, ancestors and heroes.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=55, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Obama goes troll-hunting , passage=The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.}}
  • (countable, and, uncountable) A similar body of myths concerning an event, person or institution.
  • * 2003 , Peter Utgaard, Remembering & Forgetting Nazism: Education, National Identity, and the Victim Myth in Postwar Austria , Berghahn Books, ISBN 978-1-57181-187-5, page x:
  • This program to distinguish Austria from Germany was important to building a new Austria, but it also indirectly contributed to victim mythology by implying that participation in the Nazi war of conquest was antithetical to Austrian identity.
  • Pervasive elements of a fictional universe that resemble a mythological universe.
  • * 2000 April 28, Caryn James (?), As Scheherazade Was Saying . . .], in The New York Times'', page E31, reproduced in ''The New York Times Television Reviews 2000 , Routledge (2001), ISBN 978-1-57958-060-5, [ page 198:
  • This tongue-in-cheek episode is especially fun for people who don’t take their “X-Files” mythology seriously.
  • (uncountable) The systematic collection and study of myths.
  • Synonyms


    Derived terms

    * mythological * mythologist

    See also

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    (en noun)
  • a mistaken belief, a wrong idea
  • There are several common misconceptions about the theory of relativity.
    You're obviously under the misconception that I care about your problems.
    He thought that a misconception meant becoming pregnant with a girl.