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[ ep-uh-sod-ik, -zod- ]


  1. pertaining to or of the nature of an episode.
  2. divided into separate or tenuously related parts or sections; loosely connected:

    an episodic novel.

    Synonyms: digressive, wandering, rambling

  3. occurring sporadically or incidentally.


/ ˌɛpɪˈsɒdɪk /


  1. resembling or relating to an episode
  2. divided into or composed of episodes
  3. irregular, occasional, or sporadic

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Derived Forms

  • ˌepiˈsodically, adverb

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Other Words From

  • epi·sodi·cal·ly adverb
  • nonep·i·sodic adjective
  • nonep·i·sodi·cal adjective
  • nonep·i·sodi·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of episodic1

First recorded in 1705–15; episode + -ic

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Example Sentences

For a reality series that has often incorporated its stars’ legal troubles into episodic drama, it doesn’t get juicier than what’s happening with Girardi.

Unlike many other film-to-TV adaptations, “Blindspotting” leans heavily on its episodic structure, lending each chapter a distinct shape and vibe.

The show presents climbing and mountaineering adventures in episodic format, often featuring major athletes like Alex Honnold and Adam Ondra.

Platforms like Snapchat and TikTok continue to attract hundreds of millions of people, and the latter is dipping a toe toward following the former’s foray into funding episodic programming.

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The mobile app is paying Group Nine Media’s NowThis to produce an episodic series about the pandemic, according to TechCrunch.

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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.

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.

Thus encouraged, he was now quite determined to give Mr. Seven Sachs a brief episodic account of his career.

The possibilities of episodic love have been hotly explored, its rights have been defended, its spiritual joys have been sung.


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More About Episodic

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.


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The treatment is intended to reduce the frequency of episodic headaches.




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