myth


myth
noun
1 story from ancient times
ADJECTIVE
ancient, classical
religious
Biblical
Christian, Greek, Norse, Roman, etc.
creation (= that explains how the world began)

the creation myths of the Inuit

PREPOSITION
myth about

the myth about the golden apple

2 idea/belief which is untrue/impossible
ADJECTIVE
great

There is a great myth that people who wear glasses are more intelligent.

common
powerful
enduring, persistent, prevailing
complete (esp. BrE), total

It's a total myth that this causes blindness.

modern
folk, popular, urban, widespread
national

The battle has become part of national myth.

historical, political

The propaganda of both sides relies heavily on historical myth.

heroic, romantic

an outlaw who has now assumed the staus of heroic myth

dangerous, pernicious
convenient
VERB + MYTH
create, cultivate, establish, invent

How did the myth get so firmly established in the popular consciousness?

challenge, question
counter
bust (AmE, informal), debunk, deconstruct, demolish, destroy, dispel, disprove, explode, expose, puncture, scotch (BrE), shatter
bury, lay to rest, put to rest
feed, foster, keep alive, maintain, perpetuate, promote, propagate, reinforce
spread
peddle (BrE)

Women have peddled the myth that all decent men are either married or gay.

be based on

People's faith in the Emperor was based on the myth that he was infallible.

explore
believe
MYTH + VERB
surround sth

We are trying to lay to rest the myths surrounding mental illness.

grow up

A myth has grown up that Fleming didn't realize the potential of penicillin.

persist, remain

The myth persists that men are more intelligent than women.

PREPOSITION
myth about

a popular myth about twins

myth of

an attempt to perpetuate the myth of racial superiority


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