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antihero

[ an-tee-heer-oh, an-tahy- ]
/ ˈæn tiˌhɪər oʊ, ˈæn taɪ- /
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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.

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Origin of antihero

First recorded in 1705–15; anti- + hero
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.

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  • So when he graduated from antihero to pop stalwart in the mid-aughts, the rap world largely lost interest.

British Dictionary definitions for antihero

antihero

/ (ˈæntɪˌhɪərəʊ) /

noun plural -roes

a central character in a novel, play, etc, who lacks the traditional heroic virtues
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for antihero

antihero


n.

also anti-hero; 1714, from anti- + hero.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper