adjective Also ep·i·cal.


Slang. very; extremely: That's an epic cool video!


Origin of epic

1580–90; < Latin epicus < Greek epikós. See epos, -ic
Related formsep·i·cal·ly, adverbep·ic·like, adjectivenon·ep·ic, adjective, nounnon·ep·i·cal, adjectivenon·ep·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·ep·ic, adjective, nounsem·i·ep·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·ep·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·ep·ic, adjective, nounun·ep·ic, adjective
Can be confusedepic epoch
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Examples from the Web for epical

Historical Examples of epical

  • Story he has none to tell; by contrast Henry James is epical.


    James Huneker

  • Even prim President Thiers tried to kiss her and her indignation was epical.


    James Huneker

  • Thus mediæval play is epical in its Rabelaisian plainness of speech.


    James Huneker

  • In other words, it must have an epical element as well as a dramatic.

    The Age of Dryden

    Richard Garnett

  • "Saul," as an epical subject, must have haunted his mind for years.

British Dictionary definitions for epical



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

C16: from Latin epicus, from Greek epikos, from epos speech, word, song
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Word Origin and History for epical



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.

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epical in Culture


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.


Figuratively, any task of great magnitude may be called “epic,” as in an “epic feat” or an “epic undertaking.”
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