- The definition of epic is something that refers to a heroic story or something that is heroic or grand.
An example of epic is a big production movie with story sequels such as the Star Wars series.
- An epic is defined as a story or long poem telling the tale of a fictional or historical hero.
An example of epic is Milton's Paradise Lost.
The Iliad is an example of an epic poem.
- a long narrative poem in a dignified style about the deeds of a traditional or historical hero or heroes; typically,
- a poem like the Iliad or the Odyssey, with certain formal characteristics (beginning in medias res, catalog passages, invocations of the muse, etc.)called classical epic
- a poem like Milton's Paradise Lost, in which such characteristics are applied to later or different materials
- a poem like Beowulf, considered as expressing the early ideals and traditions of a people or nation
- a poem like the Iliad or the Odyssey, with certain formal characteristics (beginning in medias res, catalog passages, invocations of the muse, etc.)
- any long narrative poem regarded as having the style, structure, and importance of an epic, as Dante's Divine Comedy
- a prose narrative, play, film, etc. regarded as having the qualities of an epic
- a series of events regarded as a proper subject for an epic
Origin of epicClassical Latin epicus ; from Classical Greek epikos, (adj.) epic ; from epos, a word, speech, song, epic ; from Indo-European an unverified form wekwos-, word ; from base an unverified form wekw-, to speak from source Classical Latin vox, Old English woma, noise
- of an epic
- having the nature of an epic; specif.,also epical
- heroic; grand; majestic; imposing
- dealing with or characterized by events of historical or legendary importance
- An extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a legendary or traditional hero.
- A literary or dramatic composition that resembles an extended narrative poem celebrating heroic feats.
- A series of events considered appropriate to an epic: the epic of the Old West.
- Of, constituting, having to do with, or suggestive of a literary epic: an epic poem.
- Surpassing the usual or ordinary, particularly in scope or size: “A vast musical panorama &ellipsis; it requires an epic musical understanding to do it justice” (Tim Page).
- Heroic and impressive in quality: “Here in the courtroom &ellipsis; there was more of that epic atmosphere, the extra amperage of a special moment” (Scott Turow).
Origin of epicFrom Latin epicus, from Greek epikos, from epos, word, song; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more epic, superlative most epic)
- Of, or relating to, an epic.
- Beowulf is an epic poem.
- Momentously heroic; grand in scale or character
- The epic defense was rewarded with the highest military decorations
- China's epic traffic jam "vanished" — AFP news story, Wednesday August 25, 2010
- (colloquial, slang, informal) Extending beyond the usual or ordinary; extraordinary, momentous, great.
- The after-prom party was epic.
- (category theory) Of a morphism: that it is an epimorphism.
- (computing) Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing.
- (electronics) Etched and Polycrystalline carried IC.
- (electronics) Epitaxial Integrated Circuit.
- (law) Estates and Protected Individuals Code.