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EPIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does epic mean? 

EPIC (noun)
  The noun EPIC has 1 sense:

1. a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds

  Familiarity information: EPIC used as a noun is very rare.


EPIC (adjective)
  The adjective EPIC has 2 senses:

1. very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale)
2. constituting or having to do with or suggestive of a literary epic

  Familiarity information: EPIC used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EPIC (noun)


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Meaning:

A long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

epic; epic poem; heroic poem; epos

Hypernyms ("epic" is a kind of...):

poem; verse form (a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "epic"):

chanson de geste (Old French epic poems)

rhapsody (an epic poem adapted for recitation)

heroic; heroic meter; heroic verse (a verse form suited to the treatment of heroic or elevated themes; dactylic hexameter or iambic pentameter)

Instance hyponyms:

Aeneid (an epic in Latin by Virgil; tells the adventures of Aeneas after the Trojan War; provides an illustrious historical background for the Roman Empire)

Divina Commedia; Divine Comedy (a narrative epic poem written by Dante)

Iliad (a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the siege of Troy)

Odyssey (a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the journey of Odysseus after the fall of Troy)

Nibelungenlied (an epic poem written in Middle High German and based on the legends of Siegfried and Teutonic kings)


EPIC (adjective)


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Meaning:

Very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale)

Synonyms:

epic; heroic; larger-than-life

Context examples:

an epic voyage / of heroic proportions / heroic sculpture

Similar:

big; large (above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent)


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Meaning:

Constituting or having to do with or suggestive of a literary epic

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

epical; epic

Context example:

epic tradition

Pertainym:

epic (a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds)


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