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Epic
Noting or pertaining to a poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated continuously and at length in elevated style. Homer's Iliad is an epic poem.
Originally a poem, an epic became a story that was worthy to form the subject of an epic. The Defence of the Alamo is an American epic.
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Originally an epic was a long narrative poem about the deeds of a hero or heroes. Later "epic" began to describe any story that had the qualities of an epic poem. [AM] {CL}

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