mythic

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Etymology[edit]

myth +‎ -ic (1660s), from Latin mythicus

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Adjective[edit]

mythic (comparative more mythic, superlative most mythic)

  1. Larger-than-life.
    • 1998, Chloé Diepenbrock, Gynecology and textuality: popular representations, page 88:
      Whitehead-Gould has become a mythic presence in the case history fairy-tale: the personification of the selfish woman who went back on her promise to deliver up her child to an unfulfilled aspiring mother.
    • 2007, James Daniel Hardy, Baseball and the mythic moment: how we remember the national game, page 63:
      Had Pesky nailed Enos Slaughter in the 1946 Series, his throw home would have become a mythic moment.
    • 2008, Peter Schmidt, Sitting in darkness: New South fiction, education, and the rise of Jim Crow, page 156:
      The Wyoming territories become a mythic space where character is tested and revealed and Good battles Evil.
    • 2010, Networks of Design: Proceedings of the 2008 Annual International Conference of the Design History Society, page 161:
      By the mid-nineteenth century tartan had become a mythic material encompassing ideas of nationhood, clanship, and political allegiance seen through increasingly fashionable and spectacular forms.
  2. Mythical; existing in myth.
    • 2005, Gerhard Hoffmann, From modernism to postmodernism: concepts and strategies, page 294:
      Bellerophon attempts to become a mythic hero by perfectly imitating the actuarial program for mythic heroes.
    • 2008, Laurence Jay Silberstein, Postzionism: a reader, page 351:
      The ways in which Eastern Europe has become a mythic part of the Jewish past and not an imagined mythic home in the future is central to understanding how American Jews see themselves at home in America.

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