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Definitions of Mythology

  1. (noun) A collection of stories that embody or explain the worldview of an individual or group.
  2. (noun) The study of myths.

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Mythology Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: my·thol·o·gy

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /mi-thAHl-uh-jee/
  • British English – /mi-thOl-uh-jee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /məˈθɑlədʒi/
  • British English – /mᵻˈθɒlədʒi/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: mythologies
  • Also called mythos.
  • A (noun) mythologist studies (adjective) mythic or (adjective) mythical or (adjective) mythological or (adjective) mythopoeic topics such as (verb) mythicizing or (verb) mythologizing which is the act of creating myths by a (noun) mythmaker using process called (noun) mythopoeia or (noun) mythogyms which are core components of myths, additionally a (noun) mythographer writes (noun) mythographies, which are compilations of myths.

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Cite the Definition of Mythology

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “mythology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 6, 2020 (http://sociologydictionary.org/mythology/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

mythology. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/mythology/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “mythology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 6, 2020. http://sociologydictionary.org/mythology/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“mythology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 6 Jun. 2020. <http://sociologydictionary.org/mythology/>.