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[hi-roh-ik] /hɪˈroʊ ɪk/
Also, heroical. 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.
  1. flamboyant or extravagant language, sentiment, or behavior, intended to seem heroic.
  2. heroic action or behavior.
Origin of heroic
late Middle English
1540-50; < Latin hērōicus < Greek hērōïkós of, pertaining to a hero; compare late Middle English heroical, heroicus; see hero, -ic
Related forms
heroically, adverb
heroicalness, heroicness, heroicity
[heer-oh-is-i-tee] /ˌhɪər oʊˈɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonheroic, adjective
nonheroical, adjective
nonheroically, adverb
nonheroicalness, noun
nonheroicness, noun
pseudoheroic, adjective
pseudoheroical, adjective
pseudoheroically, adverb
quasi-heroic, adjective
quasi-heroically, adverb
superheroic, adjective
superheroically, adverb
unheroic, adjective
unheroicness, noun
unheroical, adjective
unheroically, adverb
unheroicalness, noun
1, 2. dauntless, valiant, valorous, gallant, brave, courageous. 7. epic.
1, 2. cowardly. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unheroic
Historical Examples
  • It is obviously sincere and faithful, and proceeds from a genuine sympathy with the unheroic lives which it portrays.

    The Adventures of John Jewitt John Rodgers Jewitt
  • There are two ways of encountering an anti-climax, an heroic, an unheroic.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • However, I am no advocate for suicide under any circumstances; there is something undignified in it, unheroic, un-Germanic.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • The Commandant winced, and shot a glance at the aged, unheroic figure.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • In those old-time Indian days of continuous foray and skirmish such brief returns, concise and unheroic, were commonplace enough.

    Bob Hampton of Placer Randall Parrish
  • One hero the less in this world of unheroic, uninspired persons!

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • The fight was most unpicturesque, most unheroic; but it was tolerably grim for all that.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • The unheroic but truthful pleasure-seeker then gave an unromantic snore.

    The Gay Adventure Richard Bird
  • What nonsense this is, and what an unheroic character it makes Philip!

    That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner
  • He loved Rose because she loved him,—which is confessed to be unheroic behaviour.

British Dictionary definitions for unheroic


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)
  1. 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-control: heroic virtue
  2. performed or undergone by such a person: the heroic witness of martyrdom
See also heroics
Derived Forms
heroically, adverb
heroicalness, heroicness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unheroic



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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unheroic in Medicine

heroic he·ro·ic (hĭ-rō'ĭk)
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.

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