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This is a list of Definitions of Fantasy and Myth that were looked up to see if they could put any defining line between the two.

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The Books of Words
Collins Gem Australian English Dictionary
The Maquarie Dictionary
The Junior School Dictionary
Microsoft Encarta 96 Dictionary
The Penguin Pocket English Dictionary
The Reader's Digest Great Encyclopaedic Dictionary
The World Book Dictionary

Fantasy:-
imagination unrestricted by reality; farfetched notion; daydream; fiction with a large fantasy content
Myth:-
tale with supernatural characters, usually of how the world & mankind began; imaginary person or object
- Collins Gem
Australian English Dictionary

1996




Fantasy:-
imagination, especially when unrestrained; the forming of grotesque mental images; a mental image, esp. grotesque; an imaginative sequence fulfilling a psychological need; a daydream; a hallucination; a supposition based on no solid founadtion; a visionary idea; caprice; whim; an ingenious or odd thought, design or invention
Myth:-
a traditional story, usually concerning some supernatural being or some alleged person or event
- The Maquarie DICTIONARY
1982



Fantasy:-
to imagine in a visionary manner: to take a fancy or liking to
Myth:-
a purely ficticious narrative usually involving supernatural persons, action, or events & embodying some popular idea concerning natural or historical phenomene. Often used vaguely to include any narrative having ficticious elements; a ficticious or imaginary person or object
-'The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary
on Historical Principles'
Volume 1. A-M
1970
entries actually from 1600's up to 1900





Fantasy:-
Unavailable
Myth:-
A story of long ago about which no one knows the truth.
- Junior School Dictionary
1970



Fantasy:-
fancy; an image, delusion or phantasm; a whimsical mood; a free exercise of imagination
Myth:-
a traditional tale; a widely believed story of doubtful truth; such storied collectively
- The Book of Words
A-F & G-Q
1961




Fantasy:-
a play of the mind, product of the imagination , fancy; a picture existing only in the mind, any strange mental image or illusion, A daydream is fantasy. I talk of dreams, Which are the children of an idle brain, Begot of nothing but vain fantasy - Shakespeare; a wild, stramge fancy; a caprice, whim
Myth:-
a legend or story, usually one that attempts to account for something in nature. Most myths express a religious belief of a people and are of unknown origin; such stories collectively, the realm of Myth; any invented story; a made up person or thing; a belief, opinion or the theory that is not based on fact or reality (should this be scientific fact or reality? - Nett)
- The World Book Dictionary
A-K & L-Z
1991




Fantasy:-
unrestricted creative imagination, fancy; imagination fiction or drama characterized esp by strange, unrealistic, or grotesque elements; (the power or process of creating) a usually extravagant mental image or daydream
Myth:-
a traditional story that embodies popular beliefs or explains a practice, belief, or natural phenemenon; a parable, allegory; a person or thing having a ficticious existence; a belief subscribed to uncritically by an (interested) group
- The Penguin
Pocket English Dictionary

1986




Fantasy:-
Image-making faculty, esp when extravagant or visionary; mental image; fantastic design; whimsical speculation
Myth:-
Ficticious (primitive) tale, usually involving supernatural persons, embodying some popular idea concerning natural or historical phenomena; ficticious person or object
- The Reader's Digest
Great Encyclopaedic Dictionary

A-L & M-Z
1965




Fantasy:-
The creative Imagination; A product of Fancy, illusion; a delusion; Fiction marked by highly fanciful elements; a daydream
Myth:-
A traditional story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors or heroes that serves as a primordial type in the world view of a people; a fiction or half truth; a ficticious story, person or thing
- Microsoft Encarta 96 Dictionary
1993-1995



Fantasy:-
More to Come
Myth:-
More to Come
- More to Come...


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