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epic

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adjective ep·ic \ˈe-pik\

Simple Definition of epic

  • : telling a story about a hero or about exciting events or adventures

  • : very great or large and usually difficult or impressive

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of epic

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an epic <an epic poem>

  2. 2 a :  extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope <his genius was epicTimes Literary Supplement> b :  heroic

epical play \-pi-kəl\ adjective
epically play \-pi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of epic in a sentence

  1. The football game was an epic battle between two great teams.

  2. The bridge was an epic achievement.

  3. The company is engaged in an epic struggle for survival.

  4. an accomplishment of epic proportions



Origin of epic

Latin epicus, from Greek epikos, from epos word, speech, poem — more at voice


First Known Use: 1589


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epic

noun ep·ic

Simple Definition of epic

  • : a long poem that tells the story of a hero's adventures

  • : a long book, movie, etc., that usually tells a story about exciting events or adventures

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of epic

  1. 1 :  a long narrative poem in elevated style recounting the deeds of a legendary or historical hero <the Iliad and the Odyssey are epics>

  2. 2 :  a work of art (as a novel or drama) that resembles or suggests an epic

  3. 3 :  a series of events or body of legend or tradition thought to form the proper subject of an epic <the epic of the winning of the West>

Examples of epic in a sentence

  1. Homer's ancient Greek epic The Odyssey.



1706

First Known Use of epic

1706


EPIC Defined for Kids

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epic

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noun ep·ic \ˈe-pik\

Definition of epic for Students

  1. :  a long poem that tells the story of a hero's deeds




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epic

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adjective ep·ic

Definition of epic for Students

  1. 1 :  telling a great and heroic story <an epic poem>

  2. 2 :  heroic or impressive because of great size or effort <A large crowd … had gathered to witness the epic ascent. — Brian Jacques, Redwall>





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