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Topic: MYTHOLOGY

Date: 1800-1900
Language: Greek
Origin: mythos 'story, speech, myth'

myth

noun
     
myth [uncountable and countable]
1 an idea or story that many people believe, but which is not true [= fallacy]
myth of
the myth of male superiority
myth that
the myth that wisdom accompanies old age
Contrary to popular myth, the majority of accidents are not caused by speeding or drunkenness.
explode/dispel a myth (=show that it is not true)
It was important to dispel the myth that Aids was a gay disease.
2RM an ancient story, especially one invented in order to explain natural or historical events
myth of
the myth of Orpheus
the giants of myth and fairytale
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