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MYTH

In general, a traditional story focusing on some religious explanation of a phenomenon of nature. A parable or allegory to illustrate some truth or to prove a theory. In recent usage, a myth has come to mean a popular contemporary hope or ambition, or a social ideal. It may be described as an idea that has become a movement.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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