Definition of mythic in English:



  • 1Relating to or resembling myth.

    ‘we explain spiritual forces in mythic language’
    • ‘So it acquires a mythic status based on inference and speculation, rather than actual content.’
    • ‘Clearly, speedy mercury was just the stuff to power these mythic ancient craft!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So Harris argues, ‘Given the power of our technology… we have simply lost the right to our myths and to our mythic identities.’’
    • ‘Such recognition may involve confronting their own deaths or entering into contact with ghosts, mythic and otherworldly creatures.’
    • ‘Both had the same attitude to language - MacRae wanted to retain something of a mythic feel; Armitage described the result as ‘somewhere between rhetoric and conversation’.’
    • ‘Contemporary belief stories and older myths intermingle to create the rich mythic tapestry that forms the backdrop to vernacular and alternative religiosity there.’
    • ‘If a painting had depth it meant that it still embodied all the mythic material that was important to the Aborigines themselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is the task of art, I believe, to establish connection again with the mythic realm, to help heal the rift between myth and religion, and to open a door to the deeper meanings contained within us.’
    • ‘The Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, was a mythic creature well-known in the Pacific Northwest - twelve feet tall, or so they say.’
    • ‘And how are we supposed to lure this mythic creature?’
    • ‘When her interview subjects spoke of marriage as an institution, they were more likely to use the language of mythic love.’
    • ‘This essay examines Nemesis' mythic origin and relates her special impetus to the historical morphology’
    • ‘Meanwhile, I had been working on my own theology, inventing deities to represent the most profound forces at work in my life, and giving them symbolic correspondences and mythic imagery.’
    • ‘The world they frequent is loosely based on Greek mythology, with gods, demigods, and mythic creatures in abundance.’
    • ‘Not only myths, but the nature of that which makes stories mythic changes once stories are technologically reproducible and we begin to attribute authorship.’
    • ‘It is here that Walker's text swerves most radically from the myth of Philomela and from the mythic paradigm.’
    • ‘Ancestors and parents inhabit Paul's anecdotal poems, which also pay close attention to local creatures, mythic and otherwise.’
    • ‘It was over the maelstrom of the First World War trenches that these winged men became the mythic symbols of a new tomorrow.’
    • ‘In the earlier days of human society natural phenomena were accorded great significance and often described in mythic terms.’
    • ‘I'd like to be able to counter some of the most pernicious half- and un-truths, and need to do some of it on the same battle-ground of non-rational language and mythic references.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Grey Fox imagines a mythic past for the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia out of a brief moment in actual history.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is an extensive Spanish language historiography examining the department's mythic past, with a corresponding literature in English.’
    • ‘But Greek metaphysics, through its ‘binary’ opposition to myth, carried its mythic antagonist with it as its doppelgänger.’
    • ‘All the mythic versions of women, from the myth of the redeeming purity of the virgin to that of the healing, reconciling mother, are consolatory nonsenses; and consolatory nonsense seems to me a fair definition of myth, anyway.’
    • ‘Daly has an intuitive feel for the mythic nature of cinema, and knows that myth and authenticity are not mutually exclusive.’
    • ‘Formulated as much from myth as from historical occurrences, mythic history both produces and reflects collective historical imagination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This set a mythic food-producing vessel at the centre of a Celtic agricultural myth (of the type Frazer had created).’
    • ‘Pinsky uses mythic language to make us see sacred texts newly, to question their implications.’
    mythical, legendary, mythological, fabled, folkloric, fairy-tale, heroic, traditional
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    1. 1.1 Exaggerated or idealized.
      ‘he was a national hero of mythic proportions’
      • ‘It was an enormous physical structure, with a base measuring 676 square feet, but more than anything else its proportions were mythic.’
      • ‘It is this defensive behavior that Hollywood has raised to mythic proportions.’
      • ‘The man has achieved almost mythic status of ludicrous proportions.’
      • ‘And cycling in London really is a war zone of mythic proportions.’
      • ‘His reputation attained mythic proportions; but resentment grew as Ferrari began to dominate an inherently imbalanced sport.’
      • ‘From that point forward, Marley would become not only a huge superstar but, really, an icon 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The giant squid has always enjoyed a reputation of mythic proportions.’
      • ‘Aquariums, like adultery, draw us into a shadowy underworld of unspoken sensual pleasures, an engrossing, exotic environment harboring dangers of mythic proportion.’
      • ‘After a century of suspicion, ridicule, character assassination and scientific debunking, Freud has not only survived, but grown into a figure of mythic proportions.’
      • ‘When Scotland's future looked most grim, a hero arose of mythic proportions.’
      • ‘It's elusive, but has all the mythic proportions and qualities of the proverbial pot of gold.’
      • ‘Already a superstar in his lifetime, since his death in 1982, his stature has grown to mythic proportions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This was becoming a search of mythic proportions for a Holy Grail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Media and corporations enlarge certain people to mythic proportions.’
      • ‘He really has almost mythic and heroic 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.’


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