1 a long narrative poem recounting in elevated style the deeds of a legendary hero, esp. one originating in oral folk tradition
2 the genre of epic poetry
3 any work of literature, film, etc., having heroic deeds for its subject matter or having other qualities associated with the epic
a Hollywood epic
4 an episode in the lives of men in which heroic deeds are performed or attempted
the epic of Scott's expedition to the South Pole
5 denoting, relating to, or characteristic of an epic or epics
6 of heroic or impressive proportions an epic voyage (C16: from Latin epicus, from Greek epikos, from epos speech, word, song)
n an extended simile, as used in the epic poetry of Homer and other writers
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