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Etymology

From Greek μῦθος (mythos) "word, humour, companion, speech, account, rumour, fable". English since 1830.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
myth

Plural
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  1. A story of a great but unknown age 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; an ancient story of a god, a hero, the origin of a race, etc.; a wonder story of prehistoric origin.
  2. (colloquial) A person or thing existing only in imagination, or whose actual existence is not verifiable. This word originates from the Sanskrit word "Mithya"; with the same meaning [AR]
  3. (colloquial) A belief or story that illustrates a cultural ideal; stories that help explain how to live. Example: Higher Education Myth: If you go to college, receive your degree, you will be a smarter person and make a lot of money.

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Welsh

Noun

myth

  1. byth nasally mutated.

Mutation

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
byth fyth myth unchanged

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