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/

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 reveals that, whilst mythoi is rare, mythoses is non-existent therein.[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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