adjective Also ep·i·cal.
- epic fail,
- epic hero,
- epic machinery,
- epic simile,
Origin of epic
Examples from the Web for epic
Neil deGrasse Tyson weighed in on what the epic film got wrong and right.Meet Kip Thorne, the Man Who Crafted the Artful Science of ‘Interstellar’|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That corruption, says Stafford Smith, provided the opportunity for a “frame-up of epic proportions.”Did Pablo Escobar Frame a Millionaire for Murdering Banana-Shipping Money Launderers?|Jacqui Goddard|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He had aspired to construct an epic figure after visiting the pyramids and sphinxes of Egypt in 1855.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty|Elizabeth Mitchell|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He now finds himself at the epic center of a firestorm having earlier been caught on camera throwing “liquids” at the police.
The West trades on its iconography, and many writers satisfy the hunger for that epic, legendary place.
On his foundation all mankind will build; through his discovery all will be aided; by his epic all will be uplifted.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 7 (of 20)|Charles Sumner
This simple tale is told in twelve cantos; it aims to be an epic, and in its external form is such.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
Much, very much, is epic invention, unverkennbar das werk der Dichter (p. 328).Modern Mythology|Andrew Lang
The future epic of the world rests not with those near dead, but with those that are alive, and those that are coming into life.
Dushyanta has been saved by the poet from his epic shabbiness; it may be doubted whether more has been done.
Word Origin for epic
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.