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epochal

[ep-uh-kuh l or, esp. British, ee-po-] /ˈɛp ə kəl or, esp. British, ˈi pɒ-/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or of the nature of an epoch.
2.
extremely important, significant, or influential.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; epoch + -al1
Related forms
epochally, adverb
nonepochal, adjective
preepochal, adjective
unepochal, adjective
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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
adj.

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

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