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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle French épique, from Latin epicus, from Ancient Greek ἐπικός (epikós), from ἔπος (épos, word, story).


epic (plural epics)

  1. An extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a deity, demigod (heroic epic), other legend 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.
  3. (computing) In software development, a large or extended user story.
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epic (comparative more epic, superlative most epic)

  1. Of or relating to an epic.
    Synonym: epical
    Beowulf is an epic poem.
    • 1983, Jan Knappert, Epic Poetry in Swahili and other African Languages, p. 58:
      The main theme of epic poetry is, of course, the hero, his life, his greatness of character, his deeds and his death.
  2. Momentously heroic; grand in scale or character
    The epic defense was rewarded with the highest military decorations
    • 2010 August 25, Agence France-Presse, “China's epic traffic jam 'vanished'”, in Google News[1]:
      China's epic traffic jam "vanished" [title of article]
  3. (colloquial, slang, informal) Extending beyond the usual or ordinary.
    Synonyms: extraordinary, momentous, remarkable
    The after-prom party was truly epic.
    You made an epic mistake.
    • 2018, Anthony McCarten, Bohemian Rhapsody, spoken by Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek):
      Then tell him his daughter's an epic shag.
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Etymology 2Edit

From epi-, from Ancient Greek ἐπί (epí, on top of).


epic (not comparable)

  1. (category theory, of a morphism) That is an epimorphism.




From English epic, from Latin epicus, from Ancient Greek ἐπικός (epikós), from ἔπος (épos, word, story).



epic (neuter epic, plural and definite singular attributive epic)

  1. (colloquial, slang, informal) Extending beyond the usual or ordinary; extraordinary, momentous, great.
    Det var virkeligt epic.