View synonyms for epochal


[ ep-uh-kuhlor, especially British, ee-po- ]


  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of an epoch.
  2. extremely important, significant, or influential.

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Other Words From

  • epoch·al·ly adverb
  • non·epoch·al adjective
  • pre·epoch·al adjective
  • un·epoch·al adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of epochal1

First recorded in 1675–85; epoch + -al 1
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Example Sentences

In 2000, it began a steady decline caused by epochal drought.

Francis also has been handed an epochal challenge by the coronavirus pandemic, which he has termed as a moment for humankind to rethink its priorities.

Hull’s prediction would reach full flower only decades later, spurred by a series of epochal economic, legal and cultural changes that began to gather momentum in the 1970s.

From gold necklaces to steel trusses is an epochal leap, chronicled in elegant shorthand.

Regional newspapers like the Sun have been declining for the past two decades, battered by the epochal shift from print to digital publication and abandoned by advertisers and readers — trends that have only accelerated during the pandemic.

His deficiencies and self-doubts, amid his epochal mission of liberation, are precisely what make him interesting.

Physics—and, indeed, the rest of the world—stands at the cusp of an epochal change.

But even his dying was epochal—everything about this amazing writer resonates.

Those core institutions—school and work—are behaving for the most part as if nothing epochal has occurred.

Noted sociologist and writer Ashis Nandy calls her victory epochal.

In the following year of 1871, Goodyear invented his welt shoe-sewing machine and Maddox made his epochal discovery.

That was the second blessing, an epochal experience, unlike anything which preceded, or anything to follow.

The enthusiasm of the entire world was fired by this feat and it is difficult to estimate fully its epochal significance.

We are still too near the events that made it to us an epochal book.

Coronado had made one of the epochal explorations of all history.