Definition of mythic in English:



  • 1Relating to or resembling myth.

    ‘we explain spiritual forces in mythic language’
    • ‘But Greek metaphysics, through its ‘binary’ opposition to myth, carried its mythic antagonist with it as its doppelgänger.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So Harris argues, ‘Given the power of our technology… we have simply lost the right to our myths and to our mythic identities.’’
    • ‘When her interview subjects spoke of marriage as an institution, they were more likely to use the language of mythic love.’
    • ‘Pinsky uses mythic language to make us see sacred texts newly, to question their implications.’
    • ‘It is here that Walker's text swerves most radically from the myth of Philomela and from the mythic paradigm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Formulated as much from myth as from historical occurrences, mythic history both produces and reflects collective historical imagination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not only myths, but the nature of that which makes stories mythic changes once stories are technologically reproducible and we begin to attribute authorship.’
    • ‘Contemporary belief stories and older myths intermingle to create the rich mythic tapestry that forms the backdrop to vernacular and alternative religiosity there.’
    • ‘This set a mythic food-producing vessel at the centre of a Celtic agricultural myth (of the type Frazer had created).’
    • ‘Daly has an intuitive feel for the mythic nature of cinema, and knows that myth and authenticity are not mutually exclusive.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘There is an extensive Spanish language historiography examining the department's mythic past, with a corresponding literature in English.’
    • ‘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.’
    mythical, legendary, mythic, mythological, fabled, folkloric, fairy-tale, heroic, traditional
    1. 1.1Exaggerated or idealized.
      ‘he was a national hero 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.’
      • ‘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 an enormous physical structure, with a base measuring 676 square feet, but more than anything else its proportions were mythic.’
      • ‘From that point forward, Marley would become not only a huge superstar but, really, an icon of mythic proportions.’
      • ‘Already a superstar in his lifetime, since his death in 1982, his stature has grown to mythic proportions.’
      • ‘And cycling in London really is a war zone of mythic proportions.’
      • ‘He really has almost mythic and heroic proportions.’
      • ‘After a century of suspicion, ridicule, character assassination and scientific debunking, Freud has not only survived, but grown into a figure 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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘His reputation attained mythic proportions; but resentment grew as Ferrari began to dominate an inherently imbalanced sport.’
      • ‘Media and corporations enlarge certain people 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.’
      • ‘The man has achieved almost mythic status of ludicrous proportions.’
      • ‘It is this defensive behavior that Hollywood has raised to mythic proportions.’
      • ‘This was becoming a search of mythic proportions for a Holy Grail.’
      • ‘The giant squid has always enjoyed a reputation 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.’



/ˈmiTHik/ /ˈmɪθɪk/


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