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Legend vs. Epic

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Legendnoun

A unrealistic story depicting past events.

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.’;

Legendnoun

A story of unknown origin describing plausible but extraordinary past events.

‘The legend of Troy was discovered to have a historical basis.’;

Epicnoun

A series of events considered appropriate to an epic.

‘The book was an epic in four volumes.’;

Legendnoun

A plausible story set in the historical past, but whose historicity is uncertain.

‘The legend of Robin Hood/the legend of Prester John/the legend of Coriolanus.’;

Epicnoun

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

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Legendnoun

A story in which a kernel of truth is embellished to an unlikely degree.

‘The 1984 Rose Bowl prank has spawned many legends. Here's the real story.’;

Epicadjective

Of, or relating to, an epic.

‘Beowulf is an epic poem.’;

Legendnoun

A fabricated backstory for a spy, with associated documents and records; a cover story.

‘According to his legend, he once worked for the Red Cross, spreading humanitarian aid in Africa.’;

Epicadjective

Momentously heroic; grand in scale or character

‘The epic defense was rewarded with the highest military decorations’;

Legendnoun

A person related to a legend or legends.

Epicadjective

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

‘The after-prom party was truly epic.’;

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Legendnoun

A leading protagonist in a historical legend.

‘Achilles is a legend in Greek culture.’;

Epicadjective

That is an epimorphism.

Legendnoun

A person with legend-like qualities, such as extraordinary accomplishment.

‘Michael Jordan stands as a legend in basketball.’;

Epicadjective

Narrated in a grand style; pertaining to or designating a kind of narrative poem, usually called an heroic poem, in which real or fictitious events, usually the achievements of some hero, are narrated in an elevated style.

‘The epic poem treats of one great, complex action, in a grand style and with fullness of detail.’;

Legendnoun

A key to the symbols and color codes on a map, chart, etc.

‘According to the legend on the map, that building is a school.’;

Epicnoun

An epic or heroic poem. See Epic, a.

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Legendnoun

An inscription, motto, or title, especially one surrounding the field in a medal or coin, or placed upon a heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or illustration.

Epicnoun

a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds

Legendverb

To tell or narrate; to recount.

Epicadjective

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

‘an epic voyage’; ‘of heroic proportions’; ‘heroic sculpture’;

Legendnoun

That which is appointed to be read; especially, a chronicle or register of the lives of saints, formerly read at matins, and in the refectories of religious houses.

Epicadjective

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

‘epic tradition’;

Legendnoun

A story respecting saints; especially, one of a marvelous nature.

Legendnoun

Any wonderful story coming down from the past, but not verifiable by historical record; a myth; a fable.

‘And in this legend all that glorious deed Read, whilst you arm you.’;

Legendnoun

An inscription, motto, or title, esp. one surrounding the field in a medal or coin, or placed upon an heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or illustration.

Legendverb

To tell or narrate, as a legend.

Legendnoun

a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events

Legendnoun

brief description accompanying an illustration

Legend

A legend is a genre of folklore that consists of a narrative featuring human actions perceived or believed both by teller and listeners to have taken place within human history. Narratives in this genre may demonstrate human values, and possess certain qualities that give the tale verisimilitude.

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