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Mythomane

Definition: a liar, a person who has an abnormal propensity for lies and exaggerations.

Pronunciation: MITH-uh-mayn

Origin

This great word stems from the Greek mythos, meaning myth and the Greek mania meaning madness.

Why this word?

Individuals become mythomanes for many reason; they are insecure about themselves, confused about their true nature and find their own life story to be insufficient to their environment. For those reason they multiply, invent and create new stories. you would find them wherever you go; they don’t lie for having something to hide, they just do it in a futile attempt to be more than they think they are.

How to use mythomane?

-“Did you hear the crazy story David told about the cat and the lader?”

-“Don’t believe too much of what David says, he is a mythomane. I’m sure that story came about after a simple cat-encounter on the way to work!”

Don’t be a mythomane. Stick to the truth, it is your best side“.

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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