Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun An epic poem; epic poetry.

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

  • noun rare, literary an epic, saga

Etymologies

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

[French épopée, from Greek epopoiiā : epos, song, word; see wekw- in Indo-European roots + poiein, to make; see kwei- in Indo-European roots.]

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From French épopée.

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

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

    Complete Project Gutenberg Earl of Chesterfield Works

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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  • The critics praise Pope only tepidly

    His work is too witty and echoey.

    His epics are mock

    So scholars still balk

    To classify any as epopee.

    May 1, 2018