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I get a lot of inspiration from research in mythology and folklore. I find that, you know, stories people told each other thousands of years ago are still relevant now.
Cassandra Clare

Meaning of "mythology" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF MYTHOLOGY

mythology  [mɪˈθɒlədʒɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF MYTHOLOGY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Mythology is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES MYTHOLOGY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

mythology

Mythology

The term mythology can refer either to a collection of myths or to the study of myths. A mythology, in the sense of a collection of myths, is an important feature of many cultures. According to Alan Dundes, a myth is a sacred narrative explaining how the world and humankind assumed their present form, although, in a very broad sense, the word can refer to any traditional story. Bruce Lincoln defines myth as "ideology in narrative form". Myths may arise as either truthful depictions or overelaborated accounts of historical events, as allegory for or personification of natural phenomena, or as an explanation of ritual. They are used to convey religious or idealized experience, to establish behavioral models, and to teach. Modern mythopoeia such as fantasy novels, manga, and urban legend, with many competing artificial mythoi acknowledged as fiction, supports the idea of myth as a modern, not just ancient, social practice. Mythology, in the sense of the study of myths, dates back to antiquity. Early rival classifications of Greek mythos by Euhemerus, Plato's Phaedrus, and Sallustius were developed by the neoplatonists and revived by Renaissance mythographers.

Definition of mythology in the English dictionary

The first definition of mythology in the dictionary is a body of myths, esp one associated with a particular culture, institution, person, etc. Other definition of mythology is a body of stories about a person, institution, etc. Mythology is also myths collectively.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH MYTHOLOGY


aerolithology
ˌɛərəʊlɪˈθɒlədʒɪ
anthology
ænˈθɒlədʒɪ
biology
baɪˈɒlədʒɪ
cytopathology
ˌsaɪtəʊpəˈθɒlədʒɪ
ethology
ɪˈθɒlədʒɪ
helminthology
ˌhɛlmɪnˈθɒlədʒɪ
histopathology
ˌhɪstəʊpəˈθɒlədʒɪ
lithology
lɪˈθɒlədʒɪ
methodology
ˌmɛθəˈdɒlədʒɪ
neuroethology
ˌnjʊərəʊɪˈθɒlədʒɪ
neuropathology
ˌnjʊərəʊpəˈθɒlədʒɪ
ornithology
ˌɔːnɪˈθɒlədʒɪ
palaeopathology
ˌpælɪəʊpəˈθɒlədʒɪ
pathology
pəˈθɒlədʒɪ
physiopathology
ˌfɪzɪəʊpəˈθɒlədʒɪ
phytopathology
ˌfaɪtəʊpəˈθɒlədʒɪ
psychology
saɪˈkɒlədʒɪ
psychopathology
ˌsaɪkəʊpəˈθɒlədʒɪ
technology
tɛkˈnɒlədʒɪ
zoopathology
ˌzəʊəpəˈθɒlədʒɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE MYTHOLOGY

mythologer
mythologian
mythologic
mythological
mythologically
mythologies
mythologisation
mythologise
mythologiser
mythologist
mythologization
mythologize
mythologizer
mythomane
mythomania
mythomaniac
mythopeic
mythopoeia
mythopoeic
mythopoeism

WORDS THAT END LIKE MYTHOLOGY

anthropology
apology
archaeology
astrology
cardiology
dermatology
ecology
epidemiology
genealogy
geology
information technology
microbiology
neurology
oncology
pharmacology
phonology
physiology
radiology
sociology
terminology
theology

Synonyms and antonyms of mythology in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «MYTHOLOGY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «mythology» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of mythology

Translation of «mythology» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF MYTHOLOGY

Find out the translation of mythology to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of mythology from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «mythology» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

神话
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

mitología
570 millions of speakers

English

mythology
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पौराणिक कथाओं
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عِلْمُ الْأَسَاطِيرِ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

мифология
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

mitologia
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

পুরাণ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

mythologie
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Mitologi
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Mythologie
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

神話体系
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

신화
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Mitologi
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thần thoại học
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

புராணங்களில்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पौराणिक कथा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

mitoloji
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

mitologia
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

mitologia
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

міфологія
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

mitologie
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μυθολογία
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

mitologie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

mytologi
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

mytologi
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of mythology

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «MYTHOLOGY»

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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «MYTHOLOGY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about mythology

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10 QUOTES WITH «MYTHOLOGY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word mythology.
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Kenneth Anger
Nobody in America, in the modern generation, has read their mythology or legends.
2
Karen Armstrong
Mythology and science both extend the scope of human beings. Like science and technology, mythology, as we shall see, is not about opting out of this world, but about enabling us to live more intensely within it.
3
Roland Barthes
Through the mythology of Einstein, the world blissfully regained the image of knowledge reduced to a formula.
4
Amber Benson
I'm such a geek, I know all about mythology and I don't know Marc Jacobs.
5
Neill Blomkamp
I still really love the world and the universe and the mythology of 'Halo.' If I was given control, I would really like to do that film. But that's the problem. When something pre-exists, there's this idea of my own interpretation versus 150 other people involved with the film's interpretation of the same intellectual property.
6
Jamie Campbell Bower
I do love mythology.
7
Thomas Bulfinch
Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated.
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Thomas Bulfinch
Thus we hope to teach mythology not as a study, but as a relaxation from study; to give our work the charm of a story-book, yet by means of it to impart a knowledge of an important branch of education.
9
Tyson Chandler
I love Greek mythology, I love gladiators, I love war stuff.
10
Cassandra Clare
I get a lot of inspiration from research in mythology and folklore. I find that, you know, stories people told each other thousands of years ago are still relevant now.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «MYTHOLOGY»

Discover the use of mythology in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to mythology and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Mythology
Mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends that are the keystone of Western culture - the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from ...
Edith Hamilton, Aphrodite Trust, Apollo Trust, 2012
2
Sparknotes Mythology
Sparknotes presents a clear discussion of the action and thoughts of the work.
Edith Hamilton, 2002
3
The Everything Classical Mythology Book: From the heights of ...
This guide explains the great stories and how they still influence literature, entertainment, and everyday life. From heroes and heroines to monsters and villains, this entertaining guide covers it all.
Nancy Conner, 2010
4
Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs
Spanning from the inception of the universe and the birth of human beings to the universe's destruction and the mythic future, these sparkling tales of creation and destruction, death and rebirth, gods and heroes will entertain readers and ...
John Lindow, 2002
5
Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, ...
Combines retellings of classic Greek tales with detailed illustrations in an introduction to mythology that is complemented by informative sidebars containing character profiles, historical insights, and cultural facts.
Donna Jo Napoli, 2011
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Mythology
Learn how to differentiate instruction with this book featuring excerpts from classic works of fiction. The book includes 15 different passages written at four different reading levels and matching visuals.
Stephanie Paris, 2013
7
The Oxford Companion to World Mythology
Consists of nearly two thousand entries covering all aspects of mythology, including Greek, Roman, Native American, Indian, Japanese, Sumerian, and Egyptian.
David Leeming, 2005
8
Chinese Mythology: An Introduction
In Chinese Mythology, Anne Birrell provides English translations of some 300 representative myth narratives selected from over 100 classical texts, many of which have never before been translated into any Western language.
Anne Birrell, 1999
9
Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World ...
In Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes, Cory O’Brien, creator of Myths RETOLD!, sets the stories straight. These are rude, crude, totally sacred texts told the way they were meant to be told: loudly, and with lots of four-letter words. Skeptical?
Cory O'Brien, 2013
10
Hawaiian Mythology
Ku and Hina-man and woman-were the great ancestral gods of heaven and earth for the ancient Hawaiians. They were life's fruitfulness and all the generations of mankind, both those who are to come and those already born.
Martha Warren Beckwith, 1976

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «MYTHOLOGY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term mythology is used in the context of the following news items.
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Upcoming platformer Viking Mushroom brings Norse mythology to …
The studio is trying to be faithful to Viking mythology and lifestyles. As such, runes and other items in the game are all pulled directly from ... «Pocket Gamer, Jul 15»
2
Seen Sujoy Ghosh's Ahalya? Here's the myth of sex and infidelity …
... at least five different versions of Ahalya, Gautam and Indra's sex triangle floating around the treasure trove of stories that is Hindu mythology. «Firstpost, Jul 15»
3
How ancient Greek mythology can explain Greece's modern-day …
Greece's dramatic debt crisis has drawn media attention from the world over, as the depression-racked country flirts with bankruptcy and a ... «Los Angeles Times, Jul 15»
4
Mythology, Barrel Bombs, and Human Rights Watch
To read Human Rights Watch and the western mainstream media, the Syrian government army is inflicting massive casualties upon the Syrian ... «CounterPunch, Jul 15»
5
Mythology is magical, that's what cinema is all about, says writer …
The writer-director talks about his fascination with mythology, shooting in Kolkata, and the challenges of the short-film format. In Kahaani, Vidya ... «The Indian Express, Jul 15»
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Yarlet pupils' Minimus mythology success
Yarlet pupils can enjoy learning Latin from Form 5 onwards, and this year, for the first time, entered the Minimus Mythology competition. «A Little Bit of Stone, Jul 15»
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'Kingdom Hearts 3' Gameplay Could be Based on Greek Mythology!
The new story in “Kingdom Hearts 3″ will feature an older main character Sora who will engage in new adventures with the well-known ... «Master Herald, Jul 15»
8
SDCC 2015: Lumberjanes Creators on Antagonist Abigail and …
“There's a desire to expand the Lumberjanes mythology as much as possible,” Stevenson said. “There's one thing to have these gods and ... «Emertainment Monthly, Jul 15»
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Greek Mythology Inspired 'Champion of the Gods' Text Adventure …
This title is some 217,000 words long and takes place in an ancient, Greek mythology-based landscape. You must fight to save your people, ... «Hardcore Gamer, Jul 15»
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'Xanadu' at Live Arts wraps Greek mythology in leg warmers, roller …
The cast of "Xanadu" at Live Arts includes Tiffany Smith (from left), Liz Howard, Jonathan Karns, Erin Tawney, Trevor Craft, Rachel Baltes, ... «The Daily Progress, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Mythology [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/mythology>. Oct 2019 ».
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