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noun myth pronunciation in American English /mɪθ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an ancient traditional story about gods, heroes, and magic

    Greek myths and legends

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  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] something that people wrongly believe to be true

    Many teenagers still believe myths about sex and pregnancy.

    a popular myth:

    There’s a popular myth that you can’t be struck by lightning twice.

    dispel/scotch a myth (=prove it to be untrue):

    He has helped to dispel the myth that men do not care about their appearance.

    perpetuate a myth (=make a myth continue):

    Our program must not perpetuate myths or reinforce stereotypes.


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