1 legend, fable, allegory, parable, tradition, saga, epic, (folk) tale, story, mythos; history:
The ancient myths have provided sources for much of modern literature.
2 fable, lie, (tall) tale, fib, prevarication, fiction, untruth, falsehood, fabrication, cock-and-bull story, Colloq whopper:
He told her some myth about his being a multimillionaire and she believed it.
1 story from ancient times
ancient, classical | religious | Christian, Greek, Norse, Roman, etc. | creation
(= that explains how the world began)the creation myths of the Eskimos
the myth about the golden apple
2 idea/belief which is untrue/impossible
There is a great myth that all sports players are stupid.
| powerful | enduring, persistent | complete, total
It's a complete myth that he has royal blood.
| modern | folk, popular, widely held | national
The battle has become part of national myth.
| historical, political
The propaganda of both sides relies heavily on historical myth.
| heroic, romantic
Propaganda has turned the former president into a heroic myth.
| pernicious | cosy
The film tears down the cosy myths about fair play in war.
VERB + MYTH
create, cultivate, establish
How did the myth get so firmly established in the popular consciousness?
| counter, counteract | bury, debunk, destroy, dispel, dispose of, explode, lay to rest, puncture, scotch, tear down | feed, foster, keep alive, maintain, perpetuate, sustain | be based on
People's faith in the Emperor was based on the myth that he was infallible.
MYTH + VERB
trying to lay to rest the myths surrounding mental disabilities
The myth persists that men are more intelligent than women.
a popular myth about twins
| ~ of
perpetuating the myth of racial superiority
contrary to popular myth
Contrary to popular myth, women are not worse drivers than men.
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