Antonyms for legends

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These are some of the legends and superstitions which linger amongst us.

Every neighbourhood has its stories, its legends, and romantic histories.

We deal largely in these legends, and you are not quite guiltless of them.

May not this hare of the Indian mythology be the moon-dog of some of our own legends?

Such facts or legends were the food on which his mind had been nourished.

What would he have said of the discovery of Christian doctrines in these old Greek legends?

All sorts of legends are told of it, and it is said to have been a piece of Jacob's Pillar.

"Mademoiselle has forbidden all my legends," said she, calmly.

Or so the legends affirmed, though I've wondered often about the truth of them.

Have you come here to insult us with legends and fairy-tales about a god?


early 14c., "narrative dealing with a happening or an event," from Old French legende (12c., Modern French légende) and directly from Medieval Latin legenda "legend, story," literally "(things) to be read," on certain days in church, etc., from Latin legendus, neuter plural gerundive of legere "to read, gather, select" (see lecture (n.)).

Used originally of saints' lives; extended sense of "nonhistorical or mythical story" first recorded late 14c. Meaning "writing or inscription" (especially on a coin or medal) is from 1610s; on a map, illustration, etc., from 1903.