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Easter Island has passed through three epochs.
  a significant period of time — such as:
  • an historical period
  • a unit of geological time smaller than a period and larger than an age
  • an arbitrary astronomical time reference
  • an important time in someone’s life
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Epoch-making implies that an event is so important, it will later be viewed as having started a new epoch.
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  • Easter Island has passed through three epochs.
  • Geologically, we are in the Holocene epoch.
  • It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity...
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale Of Two Cities
  • ...the many formations long anterior to the Silurian epoch in a completely metamorphosed condition.
    Charles Darwin  --  The Origin of Species

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  • an important epoch in the history of the country
  • But, up to that epoch of my life, I had lived in vain.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The exhibit is called, Images of an Epoch.
  • ...the first day of this visit had become the most fatal epoch of his life.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • It must be remembered, that at that epoch the Gazette des Tribunaux was not yet in existence.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It is almost the only one of which it may be said that it points the way to a new epoch in a large area of our national life.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography

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  • And though I never thought I would desire such a set of sensations for myself, in the days and weeks after she was gone from my house, in those cycles that seemed to pass like fast-turning epochs, as if I were some inconsequential rock hurtling past the warm blue sphere of human time and history, yet unseen and unknown, I finally wished I might remain in the sickness I was developing when I was sure Sunny was about to be a mother.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Because when she died of murder on their wedding night, it was crucial that all Florin realize the depth of his love, the epochal size of his loss, since then no one would dare hesitate to follow him in the revenge war he was to launch against Guilder.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • It was probably no more than eighty years old, but would not have been out of place in an entirely different epoch.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The circumstances leading to the change in Mr. Covey’s course toward me form an epoch in my humble history.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • His meeting with Pierre formed an epoch in Prince Andrew’s life.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • This is day one of year one of the new epoch—the Epoch of the Invisible Man.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Lieutenant Scheisskopf unveiled his epochal surprise that Sunday with all the aplomb of an experienced impresario.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • At this epoch, the ideas of pride which are in fashion in our days did not prevail.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The weather was fine; it was about the middle of the month of August, nearly two months after the death of Justine, that miserable epoch from which I dated all my woe.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He demonstrated that there was no such thing as free will, since men’s creative impulses were determined, as all else, by the economic structure of the epoch in which they lived.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • But, up to that epoch of my life, I had lived in vain.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • In the beginning, black is on top, in the middle epochs, white holds the odds, but soon Ethiopia shall stretch forth her noble wings!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The startings and arrivals of the cars are now the epochs in the village day.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • "And I’m ashamed to say," said the Lady of Diamonds, "that we Diamonds, a titled family dating back to the earliest epochs, were treated the most poorly by the former queen."
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • In an instant he had cleared every obstacle away, and he saw successively the lock, placed between two padlocks, and the two handles at each end, all carved as things were carved at that epoch, when art rendered the commonest metals precious.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But I now entered on my fifteenth year—a sad epoch in the life of a slave girl.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • It’s an interesting characteristic of epochs such as ours that people begin to be afraid of saying the things they want to say-and afraid, when questioned, to remain silent about things they’d prefer never to utter.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • End of an epoch, I could tell the king.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • But it was around the Pope of the Fools that all the musical riches of the epoch were displayed in a magnificent discord.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • This marked the beginning of a new epoch in the history of mankind.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • No, it is impossible; it is impossible to convey the life-sensation of any given epoch of one’s existence,—that which makes its truth, its meaning—its subtle and penetrating essence.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • And the more he worked in this cause, the more incontestable it seemed to him that it was a cause destined to assume vast dimensions, to create an epoch.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Whilst she did not see him, there still lingered in her heart of hearts a vague, undefined hope that "something" would occur, something big, enormous, epoch-making, which would shift from her young, weak shoulders this terrible burden of responsibility, of having to choose between two such cruel alternatives.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • He was losing his sight and his hearing, he seemed to confuse the people he was speaking to with others he had known in remote epochs of mankind, and he would answer questions with a complex hodgepodge of languages.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The entrance of the Grants and Crawfords was a favourable epoch.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • When we did, after the melancholy epochs of Janet Savory and Tweedy Browner, things proceeded to fall apart.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Rene probably didn’t reflect on it, but he was in on the final years of Manchester’s century-long epoch as a cradle of industry.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • In the course of his career he had come into contact with many of the most Liberal men of his epoch, both in Russia and abroad.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Digging up the ballista was, I suppose, a tribute to me, too, though he always had shown a tendency to instruct his guests in the art of war of the pregun-powder epochs.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Presently he turned to me and said, just as one might speak of the weather, or any other common matter— "You know about transmigration of souls; do you know about transposition of epochs—and bodies?"
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • The epoch-making trial had started, and the Superintendent of Police was opening the case for the prosecution.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • She recalled the small details, the words, tones, and looks, in the critical scenes which had opened a new epoch for her by giving her a deeper insight into the relations and trials of life, or which had called on her for some little effort of forbearance, or of painful adherence to an imagined or real duty—asking herself continually whether she had been in any respect blamable.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • For I wanted to immerse my readers in an epoch in the life of the Dominican Republic that I believe can only finally be understood by fiction, only finally be redeemed by the imagination.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • They are purging more than the epsom salts in this epoch.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • It might be deplorable, but it was not really very astonishing; for it could hardly be expected that one man unaided should uproot permanently the habits and traditions of an epoch.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its…
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Amid frequent and thoughtful endeavors to remember; amid earnest struggles to regather some token of the state of seeming nothingness into which my soul had lapsed, there have been moments when I have dreamed of success; there have been brief, very brief periods when I have conjured up remembrances which the lucid reason of a later epoch assures me could have had reference only to that condition of seeming unconsciousness.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • There was much in such a society that was primitive and insecure and it certainly could never measure up to the demands of the present epoch.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • A child’s first sight of a reddleman was an epoch in his life.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Tom, as I said, had never been so much like a girl in his life before, and at that epoch of irregular verbs his spirit was further depressed by a new means of mental development which had been thought of for him out of school hours.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
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