- Also he·ro·i·cal. of, relating to, or characteristic of a hero or heroine.
- suitable to the character of a hero in size or concept; daring; noble: a heroic ambition.
- having or displaying the character or attributes of a hero; extraordinarily bold, altruistic, determined, etc.: a heroic explorer.
- having or involving recourse to boldness, daring, or extreme measures: Heroic measures were taken to save his life.
- dealing with or describing the deeds, attributes, etc., of heroes, as in literature.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the heroes of antiquity: heroic mythology.
- used in heroic poetry.Compare heroic verse.
- resembling heroic poetry in language or style; grandiloquent.
- (of style or language) lofty; extravagant; grand.
- larger than life-size: a statue of heroic proportions.
- Usually heroics. heroic verse.
- flamboyant or extravagant language, sentiment, or behavior, intended to seem heroic.
- heroic action or behavior.
Origin of heroic
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Examples from the Web for heroically
But my sources, my young women and their mother, heroically held firm.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
We all felt the betrayal not so much of the institution as of the man who had noisily and heroically put it on the map.Ben Bradlee Was the Last of the Newspaper Giants
October 22, 2014
Paul Volcker, who ran the Fed heroically from 1979 to 1987, was a highly effective central banker.Larry Summers’s Connection to Wall Street Should Surprise No One
September 13, 2013
Three senators are heroically attempting to reduce federal government price supports for America's sugar industry.Why Are American Taxpayers Subsidizing Sugar?
May 20, 2013
The Daily Beast's Michael Moynihan heroically ventures into the fever swamp.Crazytown, USA
December 27, 2012
But the two of them—the young woman and the old man—bent to it heroically.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
Distance and danger were no obstacles to the crews who heroically manned them.The Shellback's Progress
"We'll all do our best, mum," replied Mrs. Fixfax, heroically.Prudy Keeping House
She laughed, but Philippe, taking it seriously, drank it off most heroically.The Queen's Necklace
Alexandre Dumas pre
The army and navy have nobly and heroically performed their part.America First
- of, like, or befitting a hero
- courageous but desperate
- relating to or treating of heroes and their deeds
- of, relating to, or resembling the heroes of classical mythology
- (of language, manner, etc) extravagant
- prosody of, relating to, or resembling heroic verse
- (of the arts, esp sculpture) larger than life-size; smaller than colossal
- RC Church
- held to such a degree as to enable a person to perform virtuous actions with exceptional promptness, ease and pleasure, and with self-abnegation and self-controlheroic virtue
- performed or undergone by such a personthe heroic witness of martyrdom
Word Origin and History for heroically
1540s, shortened from heroical (early 15c.), also heroycus "noble, magnanimous," from Latin heroicus "of a hero, heroic, mythical," from Greek heroikos "pertaining to heroes," from heros (see hero (n.1)). Earlier was heroical (early 15c.). The Heroic Age in Greece was the time before the return of the armies from the fall of Troy. Related: Heroically. Heroic verse (1610s), decasyllabic iambic, is from Italian.
- Relating to a risky medical procedure that may endanger the patient but also has a possibility of being successful, whereas lesser action would result in failure.