noun story from ancient times ADJ. ancient, classical | religious | Christian, Greek, Norse, Roman, etc. | creation (= that explains how the world began) the creation myths of the Eskimos PREP. ~ about the myth about the golden apple idea/belief which is untrue/impossible ADJ. great There is a great myth that all sports players are stupid. | powerful | enduring, persistent | complete, total It's a complete myth that he has royal blood. | modern | folk, popular, widely held | national The battle has become part of national myth. | historical, political The propaganda of both sides relies heavily on historical myth. | heroic, romantic Propaganda has turned the former president into a heroic myth. | pernicious | cosy The film tears down the cosy myths about fair play in war. VERB + MYTH create, cultivate, establish How did the myth get so firmly established in the popular consciousness? | counter, counteract | bury, debunk, destroy, dispel, dispose of, explode, lay to rest, puncture, scotch, tear down | feed, foster, keep alive, maintain, perpetuate, sustain | be based on People's faith in the Emperor was based on the myth that he was infallible. MYTH + VERB surround sth trying to lay to rest the myths surrounding mental disabilities | persist The myth persists that men are more intelligent than women. PREP. ~ about a popular myth about twins | ~ of perpetuating the myth of racial superiority PHRASES contrary to popular myth Contrary to popular myth, women are not worse drivers than men.
Oxford Collocations Dictionary
create a myth
• Stalin created a lot of myths about himself.
believe a myth
• People still believe the myth that money will bring them happiness.
explode/dispel/debunk a myth
(= show that it is not true )
• Our goal is to debunk the myth that science is boring.
perpetuate a myth
(= make it continue )
• Let’s stop perpetuating this myth.
a myth grows up
(= starts )
• A number of myths have grown up about their relationship.
a myth persists
(= it continues )
• The myth still persists that we need to build more roads.
myth has it that ...
(= there is a myth that )
• Myth had it that Mrs Thatcher only needed four hours sleep a night.
a common/popular myth
(= that many people believe )
• Contrary to popular myth, most road accidents are not the result of speeding.
a modern myth
• Is it a modern myth that we are living in a classless society?
a powerful myth
(= that has a lot of influence on people )
• There is a powerful myth that crime has increased – in fact there was much more crime 100 years ago.
an enduring myth
(= that has continued for a long time )
• The idea that Kennedy was shot by the CIA is one of the enduring myths of our time.
be a complete/total myth
• It’s a complete myth that eating carrots helps you to see in the dark.
be a bit of a myth
(= be not really true )
• The whole story is a bit of a myth.
the myths surrounding something
(= relating to something )
• the myths surrounding rural life