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[ep-uh-kuh l or, esp. British, ee-po-] /ˈɛp ə kəl or, esp. British, ˈi pɒ-/
of, relating to, or of the nature of an epoch.
extremely important, significant, or influential.
Origin of epochal
1675-85; epoch + -al1
Related forms
epochally, adverb
nonepochal, adjective
preepochal, adjective
unepochal, adjective Unabridged
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  • The impact of this epochal shift will be as strong on universities and their students as on society as a whole.
  • As those who had planned it had hoped, his capture was to prove an epochal event-but in ways they had not envisaged.
  • Others explain it as the result of epochal social change and the loss of moral ballast once supplied by communist ideology.
  • To see why, consider another epochal shift in the development of a rising economic power.
  • Considering the period in which it was developed, the idea of fish farming should be esteemed highly as an epochal accomplishment.
Word Origin and History for epochal

1680s, from epoch + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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