Definition of mythic in English:



  • 1Mythical.

    ‘mythic creatures’
    ‘a mythic land of plenty’
    • ‘And how are we supposed to lure this mythic creature?’
    • ‘Maybe he is a brother in mind to fellow Frenchman Albert Camus, who imagined Sysiphos, the mythic figure trying to roll a heavy stone uphill and destined to forever fail, as a happy person.’
    • ‘If a painting had depth it meant that it still embodied all the mythic material that was important to the Aborigines themselves.’
    • ‘The Grey Fox imagines a mythic past for the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia out of a brief moment in actual history.’
    • ‘This essay examines Nemesis' mythic origin and relates her special impetus to the historical morphology’
    • ‘The world they frequent is loosely based on Greek mythology, with gods, demigods, and mythic creatures in abundance.’
    • ‘It was over the maelstrom of the First World War trenches that these winged men became the mythic symbols of a new tomorrow.’
    • ‘The stories of coastal Aboriginal people are tales of sea creatures and their journeyings, stories that connect past mythic events with present coastal land and reefscapes.’
    • ‘Ancestors and parents inhabit Paul's anecdotal poems, which also pay close attention to local creatures, mythic and otherwise.’
    • ‘The fluid interplay of languages in Britain during the Middle Ages is illustrated by three events in the 12c, all associated with the cycle of mythic and legendary material known as the Matter of Britain.’
    • ‘Such recognition may involve confronting their own deaths or entering into contact with ghosts, mythic and otherworldly creatures.’
    • ‘In Morocco's Atlas Mountains, Berbers create a mythic monstrous figure called the Bilmawn, a man dressed in the skins of a sheep slaughtered on the first day of the Feast of the Sacrifice.’
    • ‘The Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, was a mythic creature well-known in the Pacific Northwest - twelve feet tall, or so they say.’
    • ‘In the earlier days of human society natural phenomena were accorded great significance and often described in mythic terms.’
    • ‘Clearly, speedy mercury was just the stuff to power these mythic ancient craft!’
    • ‘It is a fantasy world with mythic beasts and people wearing Victorian clothes, and speaking in the appropriate Victorian tongue - rather like the history of the tube itself.’
    • ‘So it acquires a mythic status based on inference and speculation, rather than actual content.’
    mythical, legendary, mythic, mythological, fabled, folkloric, fairy-tale, heroic, traditional
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    1. 1.1Exaggerated or idealized.
      ‘Scott of the Antarctic was a national hero of mythic proportions’
      • ‘When Scotland's future looked most grim, a hero arose of mythic proportions.’
      • ‘For an experience or an epoch to take on mythic proportions, it usually needs the reverberating perspective of cherished memories that we may have about departed possibilities.’
      • ‘It was a medieval scene of mythic proportions involving open flames, a large pot of super-heated oil and a turkey hanging from a metal hook.’
      • ‘Aquariums, like adultery, draw us into a shadowy underworld of unspoken sensual pleasures, an engrossing, exotic environment harboring dangers of mythic proportion.’
      • ‘The man has achieved almost mythic status of ludicrous proportions.’
      • ‘And cycling in London really is a war zone of mythic proportions.’
      • ‘The presence of magick and unbelievable things of mythic proportion might cause you to believe different, but these things are true, they are wherever you look.’
      • ‘It's elusive, but has all the mythic proportions and qualities of the proverbial pot of gold.’
      • ‘It was an enormous physical structure, with a base measuring 676 square feet, but more than anything else its proportions were mythic.’
      • ‘The giant squid has always enjoyed a reputation of mythic proportions.’
      • ‘The saga of the computing industry is rich with outsize characters and surprising plot turns, but there's one story that has risen over time to mythic proportions.’
      • ‘In fact, he has been telling tall tales for a long time to his children, inflating events in his own life to mythic proportions.’
      • ‘He really has almost mythic and heroic proportions.’
      • ‘Media and corporations enlarge certain people to mythic proportions.’
      • ‘It is this defensive behavior that Hollywood has raised to mythic proportions.’
      • ‘From that point forward, Marley would become not only a huge superstar but, really, an icon of mythic proportions.’
      • ‘This was becoming a search of mythic proportions for a Holy Grail.’
      • ‘His reputation attained mythic proportions; but resentment grew as Ferrari began to dominate an inherently imbalanced sport.’
      • ‘After a century of suspicion, ridicule, character assassination and scientific debunking, Freud has not only survived, but grown into a figure of mythic proportions.’
      • ‘Already a superstar in his lifetime, since his death in 1982, his stature has grown to mythic proportions.’


Mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek muthikos, from muthos myth.