Myth vs. Epic

Myth vs. Epic — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Myth and Epic

Mythnoun

A traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental type in the worldview of a people, as by explaining aspects of the natural world or delineating the psychology, customs, or ideals of society

the myth of Eros and Psyche.a creation myth.

Epicnoun

An extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a legendary or traditional hero.

Mythnoun

Such stories considered as a group

the realm of myth.

Epicnoun

A literary or dramatic composition that resembles an extended narrative poem celebrating heroic feats.

Mythnoun

A popular belief or story that has become associated with a person, institution, or occurrence, especially one considered to illustrate a cultural ideal

a star whose fame turned her into a myth.the pioneer myth of suburbia.

Epicnoun

A series of events considered appropriate to an epic

the epic of the Old West.
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Mythnoun

A fiction or half-truth, especially one that forms part of an ideology.

Epicadjective

Of, constituting, having to do with, or suggestive of a literary epic

an epic poem.

Mythnoun

A fictitious story, person, or thing

"German artillery superiority on the Western Front was a myth" (Leon Wolff).

Epicadjective

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).

Mythnoun

A traditional story which embodies a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; a sacred narrative regarding a god, a hero, the origin of the world or of a people, etc.

Epicadjective

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).
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Mythnoun

(uncountable) Such stories as a genre.

Myth was the product of man's emotion and imagination, acted upon by his surroundings. (E. Clodd, Myths & Dreams (1885), 7, cited after OED)

Epicnoun

An extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a deity, demigod (heroic epic), other legend or traditional hero.

The Icelandic epic took all night to recite.

Mythnoun

A commonly-held but false belief, a common misconception; a fictitious or imaginary person or thing; a popular conception about a real person or event which exaggerates or idealizes reality.

Epicnoun

A series of events considered appropriate to an epic.

The book was an epic in four volumes.

Mythnoun

A person or thing held in excessive or quasi-religious awe or admiration based on popular legend

Father Flanagan was legendary, his institution an American myth. (Tucson (Arizona) Citizen, 20 September 1979, 5A/3, cited after OED)

Epicnoun

(computing) In software development, a large or extended user story.

Mythnoun

A person or thing existing only in imagination, or whose actual existence is not verifiable.

Epicadjective

Of, or relating to, an epic.

Beowulf is an epic poem.

Mythnoun

a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people

Epicadjective

Momentously heroic; grand in scale or character

The epic defense was rewarded with the highest military decorations

Epicadjective

Extending beyond the usual or ordinary; extraordinary, momentous, great, or cool.

The after-prom party was truly epic.

Epicadjective

That is an epimorphism.

Epicnoun

a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds

Epicadjective

very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale);

an epic voyageof heroic proportionsheroic sculpture

Epicadjective

constituting or having to do with or suggestive of a literary epic;

epic tradition