Mythical vs Myth - What's the difference?

mythical | myth |

Mythical is a related term of myth.


As a adjective mythical

is existing in myth.

As a noun myth is

a traditional story which embodies a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; a sacred narrative regarding a god, a hero, the origin of the world or of a people, etc.

mythical

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Existing in myth.
  • (by extension) Not real; false or fabricated.
  • Synonyms

    * mythic * legendary

    Derived terms

    * mythicality * mythicalness

    See also

    * mythological

    myth

    English

    Alternative forms

    * mythe (rare or archaic)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A traditional story which embodies a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; a sacred narrative regarding a god, a hero, the origin of the world or of a people, etc.
  • (uncountable) Such stories as a genre.
  • Myth was the product of man's emotion and imagination, acted upon by his surroundings.'' (E. Clodd, ''Myths & Dreams (1885), 7, cited after OED)
  • A commonly-held but false belief, a common misconception; a fictitious or imaginary person or thing; a popular conception about a real person or event which exaggerates or idealizes reality.
  • A person or thing held in excessive or quasi-religious awe or admiration based on popular legend
  • Father Flanagan was legendary, his institution an American myth. (Tucson (Arizona) Citizen, 20 September 1979, 5A/3, cited after OED)
  • A person or thing existing only in imagination, or whose actual existence is not verifiable.
  • * Ld. Lytton
  • As for Mrs. Primmins's bones, they had been myths these twenty years.

    See also

    * legend