ep·​och·​al | \ ˈe-pə-kəl How to pronounce epochal (audio) , ˈe-ˌpä-kəl \

Definition of epochal

1 : of or relating to an epoch
2 : uniquely or highly significant : momentous during his three epochal years in the assembly— C. G. Bowers also : unparalleled epochal stupidity

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epochally adverb

Examples of epochal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Already, some analysts see an epochal collapse due to state policies. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 The overall impression is of an epochal masterpiece cut into snippets and reassembled out of order. Judy Berman, Time, 25 Mar. 2022 To deliver the signature survey of American art for the Whitney Museum, in a time of epochal change, David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards, the curators of this year’s Whitney Biennial, were drawn to this border terrain. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Earlier this week, residents of Texarkana reported small fish falling from the sky in what seemed like an epochal weather event. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 1 Jan. 2022 Biden's framing of the Ukraine conflict as the beginning of an epochal struggle for freedoms threatened by dictators underscored one of the key themes of his presidency. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 2 Mar. 2022 But on the right, Thomas has come to be regarded as an epochal justice. New York Times, 22 Feb. 2022 In the breadth of its observations about the restless creative energy of the time, Haynes’ film is as much a sweeping study of a radical art movement as a behind-the-music exploration of one great epochal band. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Jan. 2022 As grave as each situation is, both in some ways are a distraction from the epochal 21st-century US foreign policy conundrum: how to handle an increasingly powerful and aggressive China. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 29 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of epochal

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Epochal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epochal. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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