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epic

noun [C] uk   /ˈep.ɪk/ us  
a film, poem, or book that is long and contains a lot of action, usually dealing with a historical subject: It's one of those old Hollywood epics with a cast of thousands.

epic

adjective uk   /ˈep.ɪk/ us  
in the style of an epic: an epic film about the Roman Empire used to describe events that happen over a long period and involve a lot of action and difficulty: an epic journey/struggle informal extremely large: The problem of inflation has reached epic proportions.
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