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Mythomane / mithuh-meyn / noun

DEFFINITION

A person with a strong or irresistible propensity for fantasizing, lying, or exaggerating.

CITATION

Lawrence himself was a mythomane and, after the first world war, took particular pains to project an image of himself to the public that was as much a construct as anything worked up by the PR team of a film star or celebrity of today.

WILLIAM BOYD, “LAWRENCE OF ARABIA: A MAN IN FLIGHT FROM HIMSELF,” THE GUARDIAN, APRIL 29, 2016

ORIGIN

The noun and adjective mythomane is a relatively recent word, dating from only the 1950s, and is a synonym for the noun and adjective mythomaniac, which is almost a century older (1857). Mythomaniac originally meant someone passionate about or obsessed with myths, its etymological meaning. By the early 1920s mythomaniac had acquired its current sense “someone with a strong or irresistible propensity for fantasizing, lying, or exaggerating.” The Greek noun mŷthos means “word, discourse, conversation, story, tale, saga, myth”; it does not mean “lie.” The curious thing is that the source word mythomania “lying or exaggerating to an abnormal degree” dates from only 1909.

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