AskDefine | Define epic

Dictionary Definition

epic adj
1 very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale); "an epic voyage"; "of heroic proportions"; "heroic sculpture" [syn: heroic, larger-than-life]
2 constituting or having to do with or suggestive of a literary epic; "epic tradition" [syn: epical] n : a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds [syn: epic poem, heroic poem, epos]

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English

Etymology

From epicus, from ἐπικός, from ἔπος.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈɛpɪk/, /"EpIk/
    Rhymes: -ɛpɪk

Noun

  1. An extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a legendary or traditional hero.
    The Icelandic epic took all night to recite.
  2. A series of events considered appropriate to an epic.
    The book was an epic in four volumes.

Related terms

Translations

extended narrative poem
events appropriate to an epic

Adjective

en-adj more
  1. Of, or relating to an epic.
    Beowulf is an epic poem.
  2. Extending beyond the usual or ordinary; extraordinary.
    Alex is an epic person.

Translations

Extensive Definition

Epic may refer to:
In film and literature:
In music:
In gaming:
In comics:
Epic can also refer to:

See also

  • EPIC — acronym disambiguation page
epic in Czech: Epika
epic in Italian: Epic
epic in Japanese: エピック
epic in Polish: Epic
epic in Finnish: Epic
epic in Swedish: Epic

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

English sonnet, Horatian ode, Italian sonnet, Petrarchan sonnet, Pindaric ode, Sapphic ode, Shakespearean sonnet, account, alba, anacreontic, anecdotage, anecdote, balada, ballad, ballade, bucolic, canso, chanson, chronicle, clerihew, dirge, dithyramb, eclogue, elegy, epigram, epithalamium, epode, epopee, epopoeia, epos, georgic, ghazel, haiku, idyll, jingle, limerick, lyric, madrigal, monody, narration, narrative, narrative poem, nursery rhyme, ode, palinode, pastoral, pastoral elegy, pastorela, pastourelle, poem, prothalamium, rhyme, rondeau, rondel, roundel, roundelay, saga, satire, sestina, sloka, song, sonnet, sonnet sequence, story, tale, tanka, tenso, tenzone, threnody, triolet, troubadour poem, verse, verselet, versicle, villanelle, virelay, yarn
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