adjective Also ep·i·cal.
- epic fail,
- epic hero,
- epic machinery,
- epic simile,
Origin of epic
Examples from the Web for epical
Perhaps, my dear, you write lyrics, and your cousin hath more fancy for epical poetry.The Maidens' Lodge|Emily Sarah Holt
But as a poem may have lyrical qualities without being a lyric, so a poem may have epical qualities without being an epic.The Epic|Lascelles Abercrombie
Story he has none to tell; by contrast Henry James is epical.Egoists|James Huneker
The Celtic nations stand almost alone in this, that they did not employ poetry for epical narrative.Ancient Irish Poetry|Various
His pastorals and romances were abandoned by his successors; his epical lyrics were lost in the tragic drama.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2)|John Addington Symonds
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.