Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Epic poetry, especially as a literary genre.
  • n. An epic poem.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an epic, saga

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An epic poem; epic poetry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An epic poem.
  • n. The history, action, or fable which makes or is suitable for the subject of an epic.

Etymologies

French épopée, from Greek epopoiiā : epos, song, word; see wekw- in Indo-European roots + poiein, to make; see kwei-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French épopée. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 'epopee'; but in my court of equity it is one as it is.

    Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1752

  • The poetry of enthusiasm, as the epopee and the ode, is that to which this style is best adapted.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • You are so severe a classic that I question whether you will allow me to call his Henriade an epic poem, for want of the proper number of gods, devils, witches and other absurdities, requisite for the machinery; which machinery is, it seems, necessary to constitute the epopee.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • Henriade will be an epic poem, according to the strictest statute laws of the epopee; but in my court of equity it is one as it is.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • He put into it the spirit of ancient times; he blended in it at once drama, dialogue, portraiture, landscape, description; he brought into it the marvellous and the true, those elements of the epopee; he made poetry mingle in it with the humblest sorts of language.

    Balzac

  • Arthurian or of the Carlovingian epopee were adored by this wayward but generous girl.

    The Cryptogram A Novel

  • Fascinated by material aims, worshipping the Napoleonic epopee to the extent of framing his conduct by it, measuring the happiness of existence rather by its honours and furniture than by its moral attainments, he missed the first poetry of love as he missed the last wisdom of age.

    Balzac

  • O roi infortune, 'commencing an epopee on the Incas.

    Balzac

  • He talked, and the formidable epopee of the Roman legend was evoked, interpreted by the fervent Christian in that mystical and providential sense, which all, indeed, proclaims in that spot, where the Mamertine prison relates the trial of St. Peter, where the portico of the temple of Faustine serves as

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • What has come down to us is "a sort of patchwork epic," as Prescott called the Ballads of the Cid, a popular epopee in all its native roughness, wild phantasy and extravagance of deed and description as it developed during successive generations.

    The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge

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