epic

[ep-ik]
adjective Also, epical.
1.
noting or pertaining to a long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style: Homer's Iliad is an epic poem.
2.
resembling or suggesting such poetry: an epic novel on the founding of the country.
3.
heroic; majestic; impressively great: the epic events of the war.
4.
of unusually great size or extent: a crime wave of epic proportions.
5.
Slang. spectacular; very impressive; awesome: Their burgers and fries are epic!
adverb
6.
Slang. very; extremely: That's an epic cool video!
noun
7.
an epic poem.
8.
epic poetry.
9.
any composition resembling an epic.
10.
something worthy to form the subject of an epic: The defense of the Alamo is an American epic.
11.
(initial capital letter) . Also called Old Ionic. the Greek dialect represented in the Iliad and the Odyssey, apparently Aeolic modified by Ionic.

Origin:
1580–90; < Latin epicus < Greek epikós. See epos, -ic

epically, adverb
epiclike, adjective
nonepic, adjective, noun
nonepical, adjective
nonepically, adverb
semiepic, adjective, noun
semiepical, adjective
semiepically, adverb
superepic, adjective, noun
unepic, adjective

epic, epoch.
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epic (ˈɛpɪk)
 
n
1.  a long narrative poem recounting in elevated style the deeds of a legendary hero, esp one originating in oral folk tradition
2.  the genre of epic poetry
3.  any work of literature, film, etc, having heroic deeds for its subject matter or having other qualities associated with the epic: a Hollywood epic
4.  an episode in the lives of men in which heroic deeds are performed or attempted: the epic of Scott's expedition to the South Pole
 
adj
5.  denoting, relating to, or characteristic of an epic or epics
6.  of heroic or impressive proportions: an epic voyage
 
[C16: from Latin epicus, from Greek epikos, from epos speech, word, song]

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epic
1589, from L. epicus, from Gk. epikos, from epos "word, story, poem." Extended sense of "grand, heroic" first recorded in Eng. 1731. The noun meaning "an epic poem" is first recorded 1706.
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epic definition


A long narrative poem written in elevated style, in which heroes of great historical or legendary importance perform valorous deeds. The setting is vast in scope, covering great nations, the world, or the universe, and the action is important to the history of a nation or people. The Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid are some great epics from world literature, and two great epics in English are Beowulf and Paradise Lost.

Note: Figuratively, any task of great magnitude may be called “epic,” as in an “epic feat” or an “epic undertaking.”
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Example sentences
There were some rhetoricians who could compress epics into single,
  epigrammatical sentences.
Of course such epics would need the nanny state to let go a bit.
The poetry in which the traditions of his native literature were embodied gave
  him, for epics, romances.
Older than all epics and histories, which clothe a nation, this under-shirt
  sits close to the body.
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