Definition of Homeric in English:


Line breaks: Hom|er¦ic
Pronunciation: /həʊˈmɛrɪk


  • 1Relating to or in the style of Homer or the epic poems ascribed to him.
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    • Through the centuries the Homeric epics have influenced writers and philosophers of many different countries.
    • Much more recently, Harold Bloom has written eloquently on the Homeric qualities of Tolstoy's last novel, ‘Hadji Murad’.
    • However, in contrast to the Homeric poems, where the actions of mythical heroes provided lessons for human behaviour, tragedy does not yield easy answers.
  • 1.1Relating to Bronze Age Greece as described in the Homeric poems: the mists of the Homeric age
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    • The crux of this issue rests on whether or not there are sufficient similarities in the structures of Mycenaean and Homeric society to warrant comparison.
    • Our beginning is Greece, Homeric Greece perhaps.
    • Since for the Greeks of the Homeric age existence on its barest terms would have been intolerable, they showed a heroic artistic instinct in turning their battle-bound lives into a spectacle.
  • 1.2Epic and large-scale: some of us exert a Homeric effort
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    • One report described the goal as Homeric.
    • As for the celebratory dishes they are almost of Homeric proportions and some of them little known elsewhere in Greece.
    • That's a Homeric achievement in a strongman contest, where events are designed to test pressing, hoisting, pulling, pushing and crushing power, combined with full-body strength, all of which take years to develop.
    epic, large-scale, grand, monumental, vast, heroic, impressive, imposing


via Latin from Greek Homērikos, from Homēros (see Homer).

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