• WordNet 3.6
    • adj epic very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale) "an epic voyage","of heroic proportions","heroic sculpture"
    • adj epic constituting or having to do with or suggestive of a literary epic "epic tradition"
    • n epic a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: False eyelashes were invented by film director D.W. Griffith while he was making the 1916 epic, "Intolerance." He wanted actress Seena Owen to have lashes that brushed her cheeks.
    • n Epic An epic or heroic poem. See Epic a.
    • a Epic 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. "The epic poem treats of one great, complex action, in a grand style and with fullness of detail."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Seven cities claim to be the birthplace of the Greek epic poet Homer. He is also thought to have been born in either 1159 B.C., 1102 B.C., 1044 B.C., 830 B.C., or 685 B.C.
    • epic 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. The epic or heroic poem in its typical form (the national or popular epic) is exemplified in the great mythological epics, in Greek the Homeric epics (the Iliad and Odyssey), in Sanskrit the Mahābhārata and Rāmāyana, in Persian the Shah-nameh, in Middle German the Nibelungenlied, in Anglo-Saxon the Beōwulf, and in Spanish the Poem of the Cid. Epics compiled in recent times from national traditions are the Finnish Kalevala and the North American Indian Hiawatha. The artificial or literary epic is not of popular origin, but imitated more or less closely from the national epics. Examples are: in Latin, Virgil's Æncid, and the modern epics; in Italian, the romantic epics. Ariosto's Orlando Furioso and Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered; in Portuguese, Camoens's Lusiad; in English, Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained; in German, Klop-stock's Messias. An epic in which animals are actors, exemplified in the Homeric Batrachomyomachia and in the medieval Low German Reynard the Fox, has been called the animal epic.
    • epic Hence Of heroic character or quality; bold in action; imposing.
    • n epic A narrative poem of elevated character, describing generally the exploits of heroes; an epic poem. See I.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The famous Indian epic "Mahabharata" contains almost three million words.
    • adj Epic ep′ik applied to a poem which recounts a great event in an elevated style: lofty: grand
    • n Epic an epic or heroic poem: a story comparable to those in epic poems
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  • Persian Proverb
    Persian Proverb
    “Epigrams succeed where epics fail.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    “The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.”
  • Walter Benjamin
    “The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. epicus, Gr. , from a word, speech, tale, song; akin to L. vox, voice: cf. F. épique,. See Voice


In literature:

In his characters of the two poets, he distinguishes between a romantic poem and a regular epic.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
The necessities of the epic form constrained him.
"Milton" by Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
I shall begin with epic poetry, because the critics agree it is the greatest work human nature is capable of.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IV (of X)--Great Britain and Ireland II" by Various
But what is the matter with our great epic?
"Obiter Dicta Second Series" by Augustine Birrell
It was Epic, it was Historical.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
With him our reading ranged from popular literary and science readers in Bengali to the epic of Meghnadvadha.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
It lent itself to epic treatment.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Thus an epic might be a bad epic, but it was always an epic.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
I am as brave as any rover described in gay, romantic screeds, but, when my fitful life is over, no epic will narrate my deeds.
"Rippling Rhymes" by Walt Mason
In short, it is a serious Indian religion with an epic setting.
"Hindu Gods And Heroes" by Lionel D. Barnett

In poetry:

What songs whose melody shall start
The higher music pure and free,
In poets hymning strong of heart
The labour Epics that will be.
"Railway Dreamings" by Alexander Anderson
In the uncertain glow of human mind,
Its waste of unharmonied thronging thoughts,
Carve thy epic mountain-lined
Crowded with deep prophetic grots.
"Musa Spiritus" by Aurobindo Ghose
We now,--this splendid scene before us spread
Where Freedom's full hexameter began--
Restore our Epic, which the Nations read
As far its thunders ran.
"Arms And The Man - Prologue" by James Barron Hope
Life is an epic the Master sings,
Whose theme is Man, and whose music, Soul,
Where each is a word in the Song of Things,
That shall roll on while the ages roll.
"Life" by Madison Julius Cawein
No! be it an epic, or be it a line,
The Boys will all love it because it is mine;
I sung their last song on the morn of the day
That tore from their lives the last blossom of May.
"An Impromptu" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
According to the Epic, Pandu and Dhrita-rashtra, who was born blind,
were brothers. Pandu died early, and Dhrita-rashtra became king of
the Kurus, and brought up the five sons of Pandu along with his
hundred sons.
"Maha-Bharata, The Epic Of Ancient India - Book I - Astra Darsana (The Tournament)" by Romesh Chunder Dutt

In news:

Charlton Heston, Epic Film Star and Voice of N.R.A.
Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesBefore we put the replacement refs out to pasture, let's send them off with an epic one-sentence farewell.
Companies perform episodes taken from folk tales and the epic "Ramakien" or "Ramayana.".
F&W Exclusive: Tickets for Le Fooding 's Epic Brooklyn Brunch.
For many, The Lord of the Rings was the Star Wars for a generation: a three-film epic that deserved the Academy Award given to the final film.
Franciscan 's Epic system will go online in April next year.
Exploring darker themes of nature and human evolution, Frary 's ink illustrations and paintings tell stories of the epic variety.
Our Day in the Sun, an epic concept album about two adventurers' journey from land to sea and back to find their rightful place in the world, marks a giant step for Jen O'Connor and Eric Krans.
Mara Pictures has picked up theatrical rights for the UK to Venice Film Festival opener "The Reluctant Fundamentalist " and Indian gangster epic "Gangs of Wasseypur" parts 1 and 2.
John Galt is the fictional hero of "Atlas Shrugged," Ayn Rand's epic novel published in 1957.
The GigaPan EPIC Pro creates the ultimate combination of camera technique and computer power for incredibly large, high-res images.
Elizabeth Farnsworth looks back on the remarkable life of the man who penned the epic poem "Howl.".
'Spartacus': Kirk Douglas still a political gladiator : Ahead of Monday night's Academy screening, the 95-year-old thesp-producer recalls his battles to make the epic and to break the Blacklist.
' Gomorrah ': A Sinfully Fine Crime Epic.
As predicted, it was epic.

In science:

We observed shrapnel D on 2002 May 2 with the EPIC (European Photon Imaging Camera) instruments on board the XMM-Newton satellite.
Spatially Resolved Spectral Analysis of Vela Shrapnel D
Since the shrapnel is larger than the field of view (FOV) of the EPIC (30′ ), we selected the brightest region in the shrapnel.
Spatially Resolved Spectral Analysis of Vela Shrapnel D
The large upper-left region indicates the region where we extracted the band ratio map. (b) EPIC (MOS-1 + MOS-2 + PN) band ratio map (O VIII band / O VII band).
Spatially Resolved Spectral Analysis of Vela Shrapnel D
Thus we can prove that βP ◦ αP is epic by induction on the order of x, as follows.
The nilpotent filtration and the action of automorphisms on the cohomology of finite p--groups
The upper curve was obtained from the XMM-Newton EPIC-PN (background level at 65 cts/bin).
On the Present and Future of Pulsar Astronomy