Novel vs. Epic

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

Novelnoun

A fictional prose narrative of considerable length, typically having a plot that is unfolded by the actions, speech, and thoughts of the characters.

Epicnoun

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

Novelnoun

The literary genre represented by novels.

Epicnoun

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

Noveladjective

Strikingly new, unusual, or different.

Epicnoun

A series of events considered appropriate to an epic

the epic of the Old West.
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Noveladjective

new, original, especially in an interesting way

Epicadjective

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

an epic poem.

Novelnoun

(obsolete) A novelty; something new.

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).

Novelnoun

A work of prose fiction, longer than a novella.

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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Novelnoun

(historical) A fable; a short tale, especially one of many making up a larger work.

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.

Novelnoun

A new legal constitution in ancient Rome.

Epicnoun

A series of events considered appropriate to an epic.

The book was an epic in four volumes.

Novelnoun

a extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story

Epicnoun

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

Novelnoun

a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction;

his bookcases were filled with nothing but novelshe burned all the novels

Epicadjective

Of, or relating to, an epic.

Beowulf is an epic poem.

Noveladjective

of a kind not seen before;

the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem

Epicadjective

Momentously heroic; grand in scale or character

The epic defense was rewarded with the highest military decorations

Noveladjective

pleasantly novel or different;

common sense of a most refreshing sort

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