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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a legendary or traditional hero.
  • noun A literary or dramatic composition that resembles an extended narrative poem celebrating heroic feats.
  • noun A series of events considered appropriate to an epic.
  • adjective Of, constituting, having to do with, or suggestive of a literary epic.
  • adjective Surpassing the usual or ordinary, particularly in scope or size.
  • adjective Heroic and impressive in quality.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or constituting an epos or heroic poem; narrating at length and in metrical form as a poetic whole with subordination of parts a series of heroic achievements or of events under supernatural guidance.
  • Hence Of heroic character or quality; bold in action; imposing.
  • noun A narrative poem of elevated character, describing generally the exploits of heroes; an epic poem. See I.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Narrated in a grand style; pertaining to or designating a kind of narrative poem, usually called an heroic poem, in which real or fictitious events, usually the achievements of some hero, are narrated in an elevated style.
  • noun An epic or heroic poem. See epic, a.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A series of events considered appropriate to an epic.
  • adjective Of, or relating to, an epic.
  • adjective Momentously heroic; grand in scale or character
  • adjective colloquial, slang, informal Extending beyond the usual or ordinary; extraordinary, momentous, great.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale)
  • adjective constituting or having to do with or suggestive of a literary epic
  • noun a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds

Etymologies

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

[From Latin epicus, from Greek epikos, from epos, word, song; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin epicus, from Ancient Greek ἐπικός (epikos), from ἔπος (epos, "word, story").

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