Antonyms for myths

Grammar : Noun
Spell : mith
Phonetic Transcription : mɪθ

Definition of myths

Origin :
  • 1830, from French Mythe (1818) and directly from Modern Latin mythus, from Greek mythos "speech, thought, story, myth, anything delivered by word of mouth," of unknown origin.
  • Myths are "stories about divine beings, generally arranged in a coherent system; they are revered as true and sacred; they are endorsed by rulers and priests; and closely linked to religion. Once this link is broken, and the actors in the story are not regarded as gods but as human heroes, giants or fairies, it is no longer a myth but a folktale. Where the central actor is divine but the story is trivial ... the result is religious legend, not myth." [J. Simpson & S. Roud, "Dictionary of English Folklore," Oxford, 2000, p.254]
  • General sense of "untrue story, rumor" is from 1840.
  • noun fictitious story, often ancient
Example sentences :
  • His mythology, when he came to paint the world in myths, was Manichean.
  • Extract from : « Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle » by H. N. Brailsford
  • Myths are given, some of them of a horrible character, which do not occur in Homer.
  • Extract from : « History of Religion » by Allan Menzies
  • Here also myths and rituals were formed by various processes.
  • Extract from : « History of Religion » by Allan Menzies
  • There are no myths of interest connected with these divinities.
  • Extract from : « Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome » by E.M. Berens
  • As we read the myths of the East and the West we find ever the same story.
  • Extract from : « A Book of Myths » by Jean Lang
  • We make many discoveries as we study the myths of the North and of the South.
  • Extract from : « A Book of Myths » by Jean Lang
  • The contradictions between the two myths need not disturb us.
  • Extract from : « The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria » by Morris Jastrow
  • The myths and legends of ancient Egypt are also to some extent involved.
  • Extract from : « Legends Of Babylon And Egypt » by Leonard W. King
  • Let us revert to the myths and trace the descent of Minos and his progeny.
  • Extract from : « The Journal of Negro History, Volume 2, 1917 » by Various
  • Myths are to be judged, as M. Sorel says, by their ability to express aspiration.
  • Extract from : « A Preface to Politics » by Walter Lippmann

Synonyms for myths

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