[ an-tee-heer-oh, an-tahy- ]
/ ˈæn tiˌhɪər oʊ, ˈæn taɪ- /
noun, plural an·ti·he·roes.
a protagonist who lacks the attributes that make a heroic figure, as nobility of mind and spirit, a life or attitude marked by action or purpose, and the like.
Related formsan·ti·her·o·ism [an-tee-her-oh-iz-uh m, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˈhɛr oʊˌɪz əm, ˌæn taɪ-/, noun
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Examples from the Web for antihero
I also want to say that there's a degree to which we never really thought of this as an antihero show.‘The Americans’ Showrunners Dissect the Secrets of Season 2|Andrew Romano|February 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So when he graduated from antihero to pop stalwart in the mid-aughts, the rap world largely lost interest.‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ Review: Eminem’s a Great Rapper With Nothing to Say|Rawiya Kameir|November 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for antihero
/ (ˈæntɪˌhɪərəʊ) /
noun plural -roes
a central character in a novel, play, etc, who lacks the traditional heroic virtues
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Word Origin and History for antihero
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