mythology (countable and uncountable, plural mythologies)
- (countable and uncountable) The collection of myths of a people, concerning the origin of the people, history, deities, ancestors and heroes.
2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
- The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.
- (countable and uncountable) A similar body of myths concerning an event, person or institution.
- 2003, Peter Utgaard, Remembering & Forgetting Nazism: Education, National Identity, and the Victim Myth in Postwar Austria, Berghahn Books, ISBN 978-1-57181-187-5, page x:
- This program to distinguish Austria from Germany was important to building a new Austria, but it also indirectly contributed to victim mythology by implying that participation in the Nazi war of conquest was antithetical to Austrian identity.
- (countable and uncountable) Pervasive elements of a fictional universe that resemble a mythological universe.
- 2000 April 28, Caryn James (?), As Scheherazade Was Saying . . ., in The New York Times, page E31, reproduced in The New York Times Television Reviews 2000, Routledge (2001), ISBN 978-1-57958-060-5, page 198:
- This tongue-in-cheek episode is especially fun for people who don’t take their “X-Files” mythology seriously.
- (uncountable) The systematic collection and study of myths.
myths concerning an event, person or institution
collection and study of myths