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[ep-uh-pee, ep-uh-pee]
  1. an epic.
  2. epic poetry.
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Also ep·o·poe·ia [ep-uh-pee-uh] /ˌɛp əˈpi ə/.

Origin of epopee

1690–1700; < French épopée < Greek epopoiía, equivalent to épo(s) epos + poi(eîn) to make + -ia -ia
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Historical Examples

  • But Gogol's glory is not derived solely from his epopee of the Cossacks.

    Russia: Its People and Its Literature

    Emilia Pardo Bazán

  • To the epopee succeeds the bourgeois drama, not to say the comedy.

  • The rhythm of these spiritual transformations is the epopee of Jean Christophe.

    Romain Rolland

    Stefan Zweig

  • The poetry of enthusiasm, as the epopee and the ode, is that to which this style is best adapted.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10)

    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

British Dictionary definitions for epopee


epopoeia (ˌɛpəˈpiːə)

  1. an epic poem
  2. epic poetry in general
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Word Origin

C17: from French épopée, from Greek epopoiia, from epos + poiein to make
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