American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or characteristic of an epoch.
- adj. Highly significant or important; momentous: epochal decisions made by Roosevelt and Churchill.
- adj. Without parallel: epochal stupidity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to an epoch; of the nature of an epoch; relating to epochs; marking an epoch.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Belonging to an epoch; of the nature of an epoch.
- adj. highly significant or important especially bringing about or marking the beginning of a new development or era
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“Though it won't be easy for the Republicans to match that kind of epochal spectacle at their convention this week, they still have a shot at groundbreaking drama, thanks largely to the vice presidential nomination of Sarah Palin, the rootin'est, tootin'est, unvetted'est first-term governor in these United States.”
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