Definition of epic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈepɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈepɪk//
    Types of film, Poetry
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] a long poem about the actions of great men and women or about a nation’s history; this style of poetry one of the great Hindu epics the creative genius of Greek epic compare lyric See related entries: Poetry
  2. 2[countable] a long film/movie or book that contains a lot of action, usually about a historical subject See related entries: Types of film
  3. 3[countable] (sometimes humorous) a long and difficult job or activity that you think people should admire Their four-hour match on Centre Court was an epic.
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent. (as an adjective): via Latin from Greek epikos, from epos ‘word, song’, related to eipein ‘say’.
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