A legend is a narrative of human actions that are perceived both by teller and listeners to take place within human history and to possess certain qualities that give the tale verisimilitude. Legend, for its active and passive participants includes no happenings that are outside the realm of "possibility", defined by a highly flexible set of parameters, which may include miracles that are perceived as actually having happened, within the specific tradition of indoctrination where the legend arises, and within which it may be transformed over time, in order to keep it fresh and vital, and realistic. A majority of legends operate within the realm of ...

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  1. A story of unknown origin describing plausible but extraordinary past events.
    The legend of Troy was discovered to have historical basis.
  2. A story in which a kernel of truth is embellished to an unlikely degree.
    The 1984 Rose Bowl prank has spawned many legends. Here's the real story.
  3. A leading protagonist in a historical legend.
    Achilles is a legend in Greek culture.
  4. A person of extraordinary accomplishment.
    Michael Jordan stands as a legend in basketball.
  5. A key to the symbols and color codes on a map, chart, etc.
    According to the legend on the map, that building is a school.
  6. An inscription, motto, or title, especially one surrounding the field in a medal or coin, or placed upon a heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or illustration.
  7. A fabricated backstory for a spy, with associated documents and records; a cover story.
    According to his legend, he once worked for the Red Cross, spreading humanitarian aid in Africa.
  8. A cool, nice or helpful person, especially one who is male.
    I've lost my pen! —Here mate, borrow mine. —You legend.


  1. To tell or narrate; to recount.

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