2 [countable/uncountable] something that people wrongly believe to be true
Many teenagers still believe myths about sex and pregnancy.
contrary to popular myth (=despite what most people think): Contrary to popular myth, not everyone in this area is rich.
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 programmes must not perpetuate myths or reinforce stereotypes.
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