epochal epochal  /ˈɛ pə kəl/


  • (adj) highly significant or important especially bringing about or marking the beginning of a new development or era


  1. His voyages may have been as epochal as Author Arciniegas says they were, but for centuries one school of historians has held that he chivvied his friend Columbus out of his due.
  2. In the late 1940s, Davis teamed up for the first of his epochal collaborations with arranger Gil Evans.
  3. Researchers have long known that the memory of epochal events fades with time.


  1. The lost lesson of Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 into a country little different from that of the Founding Fathers. It was overwhelmingly agricultural. Most people lived in Atlantic Coast states. Transportation and communications were limited. It was a country of prodigious, but unrealized promise. In the coming decades, epochal changes unlocked its...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: New York Post

  2. Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios at MOMA

    It's been more than half a century since he last made a movie, and still we keep coming back to Allan Dwan. Fifty years was also the span of his working life, from 1911–1961, and it's in Dwan's epochal directing career that we find a unlikely connecting hub for Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Sw...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Village Voice


  1. "I've gotten a lot of correspondence saying that 'Presumed Innocent' was an epochal event in the reader's life," Turow said, adding that the new novel, currently untitled, would probably not come out before the summer of 2009.
    on Jun 2, 2007 By: Scott Turow Source: Canada.com

  2. "We are now in the midst of an epochal debate over the value of content and it is clear to many newspapers that the current model is malfunctioning," said Murdoch. "The current days of the internet will soon be over."
    on Jun 10, 2009 By: Rupert Murdoch Source: C21Media

  3. "This step is epochal, portending huge shifts in the legal and labor landscape at tribal casinos all around the country," said Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, whose office has supported such efforts. "It would almost...
    on Sep 28, 2007 By: Richard Blumenthal Source: USA Today

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untenable untenable
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