mythos

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μῦθος (mûthos, report”, “tale”, “story).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: my‧thos
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmɪθɒs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɪθoʊs/

Noun[edit]

mythos (plural mythoi or mythoses)

  1. A story or set of stories relevant to or having a significant truth or meaning for a particular culture, religion, society, or other group.
  2. Anything delivered by word of mouth: a word, speech, conversation, or similar; a story, tale, or legend, especially a poetic tale.
  3. A tale, story, or narrative, usually verbally transmitted, or otherwise recorded into the written form from an alleged secondary source.

Usage notes[edit]

  • An analysis of the comparative frequency of the plural forms mythoi and mythoses in four corpora revealed that in the two of them that had either plural form, mythoi was rare and mythoses was non-existent.[1][2][3][4] Moreover, of ten other dictionaries, seven list mythoi as the only valid plural,[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] the other three are tacit regarding the matter,[12][13][14] but none of them mention mythoses.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The British National Corpus (BYU–BNC): mythoi (0) vs. mythoses (0)
  2. ^ The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA): mythoi (1) vs. mythoses (0)
  3. ^ BYU–OED: The Oxford English Dictionary: mythoi (4) vs. mythoses (0)
  4. ^ The TIME Magazine Corpus of American English: mythoi (0) vs. mythoses (0)
  5. ^ mythos” listed in the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language [4th Ed.]
  6. ^ mythos” defined by Dictionary.com Unabridged
  7. ^ mythos” defined by the Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Ed.]
  8. ^ mythos” defined by the Free Online Dictionary
  9. ^ mythos” defined by Merriam–Webster’s Online Dictionary
  10. ^ mythos, n.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [draft revision; June 2008]
  11. ^ mythos” defined by the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © 1997 Random House, Inc., on Infoplease
  12. ^ mythos” listed in Garth Kemerling’s Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names [2001]
  13. ^ mythos” defined by Wordsmyth
  14. ^ mythos” defined by YourDictionary.com

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Noun[edit]

mythos pl

  1. plural form of mytho

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mȳthos m (genitive mȳthī); second declension

  1. a myth

Inflection[edit]

Second declension, Greek type.

Number Singular Plural
nominative mȳthos mȳthī
genitive mȳthī mȳthōrum
dative mȳthō mȳthīs
accusative mȳthon
mȳthum
mȳthōs
ablative mȳthō mȳthīs
vocative mȳthe mȳthī

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