ep·​i·​sod·​ic | \ ˌe-pə-ˈsä-dik also -ˈzä- How to pronounce episodic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly episodical \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈsä-​di-​kəl also  -​ˈzä-​ How to pronounce episodical (audio) \

Definition of episodic

1 : made up of separate especially loosely connected episodes
2 : having the form of an episode
3 : of or limited in duration or significance to a particular episode : temporary may be able to establish whether the sea-floor spreading is continuous or episodic— A. I. Hammond
4 : occurring, appearing, or changing at usually irregular intervals : occasional an episodic illness

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Other Words from episodic

episodically \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈsä-​di-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce episodically (audio) also  -​ˈzä-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for episodic


periodical, serial, serialized

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Examples of episodic in a Sentence

the long novel was filmed for television as an episodic movie that was shown over the course of five evenings malaria is characterized by episodic attacks of chills and fever that coincide with mass destruction of blood cells

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Unlike the Star Wars spinoff series The Mandalorian or Falcon & Winter Soldier, which builds on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Storyboards isn't an episodic extension of an existing franchise. Jim Mclauchlin, WIRED, "Storyboards, Marvel's Parts Unknown, Is Coming to Disney+," 15 July 2019 Targeted nations have included Libya, Panama, Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen, with the punitive action episodic in some cases and sustained in others. Andrew J. Bacevich, Twin Cities, "Andrew Bacevich: Trump’s reluctance to bomb foreign countries is a strength, not a sign of weakness," 4 July 2019 The first two seasons of Netflix’s hit supernatural saga felt structurally and thematically more like a film and its sequel than seasons of episodic television. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: ‘Stranger Things’ reinvents itself for a stellar Season 3," 30 June 2019 So appealing were her sensational stories of high-powered heroines that each novel was reimagined for television as an episodic miniseries. Stefanie Dazio And Sandy Cohen, USA TODAY, "Steamy romance novelist Judith Krantz, author of 'Scruples,' dies at 91," 23 June 2019 As What/If is Zellweger’s first episodic show, the whole shoot felt like her own personal dare—a rehearsal nut shooting a pilot before the series finale had even been written. Amy Nicholson, Town & Country, "What/If Made Renée Zellweger "Uncomfortable" And She Loved It," 24 May 2019 Coming off the heels of the choose-your-own-adventure film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, creator Charlie Brooker is back to the show's original episodic format. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Miley Cyrus Is Confirmed as One of the Stars in 'Black Mirror' Season 5," 15 May 2019 This actually exacerbates the usual problems with episodic television. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Season 2 of Runaways forges a bold new path — eventually," 21 Dec. 2018 Telltale Games, creators of episodic adventure games like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Batman: The Enemy Within, laid off a large number of its staff today. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The Walking Dead studio Telltale hit with layoffs," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of episodic

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of episodic

: made up of many different events or episodes
: telling about many separate events
: happening or appearing at different times

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