- 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 epic
Contemporary Examples of epic
Excerpted from Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen by Philip Dray.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate
January 7, 2015
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’
November 14, 2014
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?
November 11, 2014
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
October 28, 2014
He now finds himself at the epic center of a firestorm having earlier been caught on camera throwing “liquids” at the police.Police Brutality Inflames Hong Kong
October 15, 2014
Historical Examples of epic
She speaks in equal ruptures of an opera dancer and an epic poet.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
And its incorporation is by no means equivalent to the pollution of epic.
In the third place the epic, in which there are heroes and other lesser personages.
And what an epic, what a Biblical numbering of that people suggested itself!Fruitfulness
An epic story of the Great West from which the famous picture was made.Polly of Lady Gay Cottage
Emma C. Dowd
- 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 for epic
Word Origin and History 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.