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What does episodic mean?
Episodic describes things that are divided into episodes—parts or installments in a series.
The word episode is perhaps most popularly used to refer to one of the parts that a TV series is divided into, as in I’ve seen every single episode of The Office. A TV show is especially described as episodic when each episode is its own standalone story, as in Showrunners are planning to make the reboot more episodic, with each episode being its own adventure. (Of course, many shows have episodes that contain a standalone story that also ties into the bigger narrative.)
A more general sense of the word episode refers to a specific incident in a continuous series of events or an occurrence of a recurring event. In this way, episodic can be used to describe things that occur occasionally or at irregular intervals. Similar terms are occasional, irregular, and sporadic.
Example: Epilepsy is sometimes described as an episodic disability because seizures happen at irregular intervals.
Where does episodic come from?
The first records of the word episodic come from the early 1700s. It ultimately comes from the Greek epeisódion, meaning “addition” or “parenthetic narrative.” In the context of ancient Greek drama, the word episode refers to one of the particular sections or interludes that occur between other parts of the play (the word epeisodion means the same thing and is based on the same root). The suffix -ic is used to form adjectives.
When episodic is used to describe something like a TV show or podcast, it often means that you could watch a random episode and follow the story for the most part. Series that are described as less episodic are those in which each episode is mainly focused on advancing a larger narrative.
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What are some other forms related to episodic?
- episodical (adjective)
- episodically (adverb)
- nonepisodic (adjective)
- episode (noun)
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How is episodic used in real life?
Episodic is most commonly used in the context of installments of things like TV shows and podcasts.
Just watched the new Star Trek: Discovery and I can't convey how much I enjoy this series. Some of the episodes are becoming more episodic with the main storyline running through, and I adore that quality in a show. I love going and visiting far off places for one episode.
— Zombethy (@O_Zabethy) January 25, 2019
My dreams are low key becoming episodic. I’m picking up where I left off last night
— F!L! (@ChaoticGoodFili) January 16, 2021
— Oliver Haas (@haasoliver73) February 18, 2018
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Is episodic used correctly in the following sentence?
The treatment is intended to reduce the frequency of episodic headaches.
Example sentences from the Web for episodic
As far as I can tell, this stuff mostly exists to fulfill the condition that if an HBO series isn’t going to be great, it must at least meet an episodic quota for sex.
Four approved monoclonal antibodies that work by attaching to CGRP and changing its shape or blocking its receptor showed an edge over a placebo in separate late-phase clinical trials to prevent episodic migraine.New drugs that block a brain chemical are game changers for some migraine sufferers|Karen J. Bannan|March 22, 2021|Science News
Team Whistle is seeing four to five times more revenue from Facebook so far this year compared to Q1 2020, thanks to a spike in viewership and the algorithm becoming more favorable to longer-form, episodic videos, according to Caporoso.Team Whistle expands original programming as it chases more brand deals at higher prices|Sara Guaglione|March 19, 2021|Digiday
Notably, “True Colors” leaves behind the episodic format of “Life is Strange,” where players had to wait months between episode releases to continue the story.
Though the episodic nature is left behind, players can still expect the same choice-driven narrative structure that the series is known for, in which your choices can drastically alter the story.
The most common form of primary headache is an episodic tension-type headache.
Some of the old episodic shows were good to do, but it got to be repetitious.Robert Duvall on His Storied Career, His New Movie, and Why He’s Ditching the GOP|Marlow Stern|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another kind of episodic change is macromutations: where a parent has a baby that is radically different.
Well, you can see that kind of episodic change is again entirely different from the other two.
And I think [Gould] was guilty of using a poetic language to conflate those three kinds of episodic changes.
Question: How far a Historical Novel should be wholly episodic?
Some of the episodic characters are amusing, I do believe; others not, I suppose.
Up to the present her loves, like her friendships, had been entirely episodic.Quin|Alice Hegan Rice
Thus encouraged, he was now quite determined to give Mr. Seven Sachs a brief episodic account of his career.The Regent|E. Arnold Bennett
The possibilities of episodic love have been hotly explored, its rights have been defended, its spiritual joys have been sung.The Crow's Nest|Clarence Day, Jr.