Epic meaning

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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.

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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.

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A series of events considered appropriate to an epic.

The epic of the Old West.

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A literary or dramatic composition that resembles an extended narrative poem celebrating heroic feats.
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Of, constituting, having to do with, or suggestive of a literary epic.

An epic poem.

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(colloquial, slang, informal) Extending beyond the usual or ordinary; extraordinary, momentous, great.

The after-prom party was epic.

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Surpassing the usual or ordinary, particularly in scope or size.
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Heroic and impressive in quality.
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(Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing) The parallel architecture used in Intel's IA-64 chips. It was originally developed by HP. See IA-64.
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Having the nature of an epic.
  • Heroic; grand; majestic; imposing.
  • Dealing with or characterized by events of historical or legendary importance.
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An extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a deity or demigod (heroic epic) or other legendary or traditional hero.
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An extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a legendary or traditional hero.
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(category theory) Of a morphism: that it is an epimorphism.
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(computing) Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing.
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(electronics) Etched and Polycrystalline carried IC.
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A long narrative poem in a dignified style about the deeds of a traditional or historical hero or heroes.
  • A poem like the Iliad or the Odyssey, with certain formal characteristics (beginning in medias res, catalog passages, invocations of the muse, etc.).
  • 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.
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Any long narrative poem regarded as having the style, structure, and importance of an epic, as Dante's Divine Comedy.
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A prose narrative, play, film, etc. regarded as having certain qualities of an epic, as great length, a wide variety of characters and incidents, serious themes, etc.
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(electronics) Epitaxial Integrated Circuit.
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(law) Estates and Protected Individuals Code.
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A series of events regarded as a proper subject for an epic.
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Of an epic.
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Origin of epic

  • From Latin epicus from Greek epikos from epos word, song wekw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French épique, from Latin epicus, from Ancient Greek ἐπικός (epikos), from ἔπος (epos, “word, story”).

    From Wiktionary