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Etymology 1[edit]

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.
  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, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody, written by Anthony McCarten:
      Then tell him his daughter's an epic shag.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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.