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.
an epic poem.
any composition resembling an epic.
something worthy to form the subject of an epic: The defense of the Alamo is an American epic.
Epic. Also called Old Ionic . the Greek dialect represented in the Iliad and the Odyssey, apparently Aeolic modified by Ionic.
- ep·i·cal·ly, adverb
- ep·ic·like, adjective
- non·ep·ic, adjective, noun
- non·ep·i·cal, adjective
- sem·i·ep·ic, adjective, noun
- sem·i·ep·i·cal, adjective
- su·per·ep·ic, adjective, noun
- un·ep·ic, adjective
- epic , epoch
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How to use epic in a sentence
The Celtic nations stand almost alone in this, that they did not employ poetry for epical narrative.Ancient Irish Poetry | Various
In these careful discriminations of character we see a non-epical trait, and of necessity therefore, a non-Icelandic trait.The Influence of Old Norse Literature on English Literature | Conrad Hjalmar Nordby
This poem has often been called an epic, and certainly there are many epical characteristics in it.The Influence of Old Norse Literature on English Literature | Conrad Hjalmar Nordby
In King John the lyrical, epical, satirical and pathetic chords are all present, if they are scarcely harmonized.
This is to say that Draytons genius was naturally not so much epical as lyrical and descriptive.The Battaile of Agincourt | Michael Drayton
British Dictionary definitions for epic
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 epic: a Hollywood epic
an episode in the lives of men in which heroic deeds are performed or attempted: the epic of Scott's expedition to the South Pole
denoting, relating to, or characteristic of an epic or epics
of heroic or impressive proportions: an epic voyage
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Cultural definitions for epic
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.
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