adjective Also ep·i·cal.
Origin of epic
Related Words for epicaldramatic, elegiac, epic, idyllic, imaginative, lyric, lyrical, melodious, romantic, tuneful, metrical, rhythmical, anapestic, dactylic, iambic, odic
Examples from the Web for epical
Historical Examples of epical
Story he has none to tell; by contrast Henry James is epical.Egoists
Even prim President Thiers tried to kiss her and her indignation was epical.
Thus mediæval play is epical in its Rabelaisian plainness of speech.
In other words, it must have an epical element as well as a dramatic.The Age of Dryden
"Saul," as an epical subject, must have haunted his mind for years.
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.