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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.
  3. occurring sporadically or incidentally.
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Also ep·i·sod·i·cal.

Origin of episodic

First recorded in 1705–15; episode + -ic
Related formsep·i·sod·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·ep·i·sod·ic, adjectivenon·ep·i·sod·i·cal, adjectivenon·ep·i·sod·i·cal·ly, adverb


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Examples from the Web for episodical

Historical Examples

  • A story should be progressive, not digressive and episodical.

    How to Write a Novel


  • Two of the episodical poems deal with his contests with the giants.

    The Edda, Vol. 1

    Winifred Faraday

  • But this is episodical to the subject—a subject still requiring the notice of a very important phenomenon.

  • The whole act, a very long one, may be boldly attributed to him, with the exception of one episodical scene.

  • Documents and episodical details, which would have encumbered the text, are appended to the respective volumes.

British Dictionary definitions for episodical



  1. resembling or relating to an episode
  2. divided into or composed of episodes
  3. irregular, occasional, or sporadic
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Derived Formsepisodically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for episodical



1711, from episode + -ic. Episodical is from 1660s.

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