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1. An extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a legendary or traditional hero.
2. A literary or dramatic composition that resembles an extended narrative poem celebrating heroic feats.
3. A series of events considered appropriate to an epic: the epic of the Old West.
1. Of, constituting, having to do with, or suggestive of a literary epic: an epic poem.
2. Surpassing the usual or ordinary, particularly in scope or size: "A vast musical panorama ... it requires an epic musical understanding to do it justice" (Tim Page).
3. Heroic and impressive in quality: "Here in the courtroom ... there was more of that epic atmosphere, the extra amperage of a special moment" (Scott Turow).

[From Latin epicus, from Greek epikos, from epos, word, song; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]

ep′i·cal·ly adv.
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(Poetry) in the style of an epic
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