adjective Also ep·i·cal.
Origin of epic
Examples from the Web for epics
Contemporary Examples of epics
His father had read him stories, like King Arthur, epics of kingdoms won and lost.The Price of Being a Patton: Wrestling With the Legacy of America’s Most Famous General
May 26, 2014
And we love sweeping, romantic Irish epics in films and books.Read Me, I'm Irish
March 17, 2009
Historical Examples of epics
The first epics were popular about the end of the eleventh century.A Popular History of the Art of Music
W. S. B. Mathews
The French and the Teutonic epics are at opposite extremes of style.
The French epics are addressed to the largest conceivable audience.
The fault, however, lies with the translators rather than with the epics.
It appears as stories, in narrative poems or epics, and in novels.Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10
Charles Herbert Sylvester
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.