Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Mythic \Myth"ic\, Mythical \Myth"ic*al\, a. [L. mythicus, Gr. ?. See Myth.] Of or relating to myths; described in a myth; of the nature of a myth; fabulous; imaginary; fanciful; mythological. -- Myth"ic*al*ly, adv.
The mythic turf where danced the nymphs.
Hengist and Horsa, Vortigern and Rowena, Arthur and
Mordred, are mythical persons, whose very existence may
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1660s, from Late Latin mythicus "legendary," from Greek mythikos, from mythos (see myth).
a. 1 larger-than-life. 2 mythical; existing in myth.
Mythic may refer to:
- Mythology, the body of myths from a particular culture or religion
- Myth, an academic term for a sacred story concerning the origins of the world
- Myth and ritual, the two central components of religious practice
- Mythic Entertainment, a computer game development studio
- Mythic (comics), comic book writer
Usage examples of "mythic".
Amongst the Central Australian natives there is never any idea of appealing for assistance to any one of these Alcheringa ancestors in any way, nor is there any attempt made in the direction of propitiation, with one single exception in the case of the mythic creature called Wollunqua, amongst the Warramunga tribe, who, it may be remarked, is most distinctly regarded as a snake and not as a human being.
But in mythic societies, the nihilating offense is much more consequential, because an insult to the state is also an insult to God, and thus anything from excommunication to burning at the stake will be required for cultural therapia.
Each akshohini of the army had its own vajra squad, named after the mythic thunderbolt of Lord Indra, ruler of the devas.
He stopped, drew his shapes, walked on, stopped, drew, walked, on to the spired old-century cragginess of Nabob Bridge, and over quickly through Kinken where the richer khepri moieties, older money and arriviste, preserved their dreamed-up culture in the Plaza of Statues, kitsch mythic shapes in khepri-spit.
Determination gripped Parrail as he concentrated every fibre of his being on the mythic ballad.
As magic gives way to mythic, the preoperational structures themselves are preserved.
I also use it, in a general sense, to refer to the rationalization of any of the mythic structures.
This saurus could become a mythic creature of the longnight, terrifying and fascinating.
God-blessed starets was a mythic part of Russian culture, just as an American evangelist had to have a swept-back, blow-dried pompadour, drive a Cadillac, and use his hands as if he were chopping the air into blocks.
The characteristic effect of mythic themes and motifs translated into ritual, consequently, is that they link the individual to transindividual purposes and forces.
I saw reflected in his eyes, not them, no, nor the bright green fairway fringed in dark pine, nor the city of Baguio misty and lost in the distance, none of these, but the long delicate snout of that mythic Lincoln.
In India the mythic image of the Chakravartin, for example, the universal king, the illumination of whose presence would bring peace and well-being to mankind, is a figure inspired largely by this thought.
Hippolochus giddyaps happily upstairs on a fancied flying-horse to do battle with imaginary dragons, declaring to Isander, who gallops beside, that what might seem to be arbitrary and excessive punishment is in fact the stern discipline of mythic herohood, to which I am as lovingly apprenticing them as did Polyeidus me.
There was nothing mythic or Hemingwayesque about the capture of the great white near Pickles Reef.
People brought him food, palm-wine, ogogoro, kola-nuts, kaoline, and he could have selected quite a few wives from the admiring female faces of that evening if he had not already permanently entered new mythic perceptions of himself that excluded such rash decisions.