- 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.
- resembling or suggesting such poetry: an epic novel on the founding of the country.
- heroic; majestic; impressively great: the epic events of the war.
- of unusually great size or extent: a crime wave of epic proportions.
- Slang. spectacular; very impressive; awesome: Their burgers and fries are epic!
- Slang. very; extremely: That's an epic cool video!
- an epic poem.
- epic poetry.
- any composition resembling an epic.
- something worthy to form the subject of an epic: The defense of the Alamo is an American epic.
- (initial capital letter) Also called Old Ionic. the Greek dialect represented in the Iliad and the Odyssey, apparently Aeolic modified by Ionic.
Origin of epic
Examples from the Web for epics
His father had read him stories, like King Arthur, epics of kingdoms won and lost.The Price of Being a Patton: Wrestling With the Legacy of America’s Most Famous General
May 26, 2014
And we love sweeping, romantic Irish epics in films and books.Read Me, I'm Irish
March 17, 2009
The first epics were popular about the end of the eleventh century.A Popular History of the Art of Music
W. S. B. Mathews
The French and the Teutonic epics are at opposite extremes of style.
The French epics are addressed to the largest conceivable audience.
The fault, however, lies with the translators rather than with the epics.
It appears as stories, in narrative poems or epics, and in novels.Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10
Charles Herbert Sylvester
- a long narrative poem recounting in elevated style the deeds of a legendary hero, esp one originating in oral folk tradition
- the genre of epic poetry
- any work of literature, film, etc, having heroic deeds for its subject matter or having other qualities associated with the epica Hollywood epic
- an episode in the lives of men in which heroic deeds are performed or attemptedthe epic of Scott's expedition to the South Pole
- denoting, relating to, or characteristic of an epic or epics
- of heroic or impressive proportionsan epic voyage
Word Origin and History for epics
1580s, perhaps via Middle French épique or directly from Latin epicus, from Greek epikos, from epos "word, story, poem," from PIE *wekw- "to speak" (see voice). Extended sense of "grand, heroic" first recorded in English 1731. The noun meaning "an epic poem" is first recorded 1706.
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.