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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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 Each episodic adventure brings a new world (a planet where an Orville officer is worshiped as a god) or allegory (a society that metes out justice based on people’s reputation online). John Jurgensen, WSJ, "‘The Orville’ and Its Vintage Vibe Fill the Void for Some ‘Star Trek’ Fans," 26 Dec. 2018 After all this time, the investigation has become a kind of episodic drama, a real-life police procedural that has so far cleared the names of a dozen people convicted of murder. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "Another Brooklyn Murder Conviction Linked to Scarcella Is Reversed," 11 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, other developers have picked up the idea of episodic gaming and run with it. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "How The Walking Dead studio changed video game storytelling for the better," 24 Sep. 2018 Telltale Games, which was founded by several members of the team that worked on Sam & Max: Freelance Police for Lucas, acquired the rights to Sam & Max in 2005, and began publishing new games in an episodic format via GameTap. Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 Photo: Bridgeman Images These titles and subtitles supply keynotes to Alexander’s story—essential ones, for absent such a key, the saga becomes both bewildering and tediously episodic. James Romm, WSJ, "‘Soldier, Priest, and God’ Review: The Emperor Divine," 13 Dec. 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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