[an-tee-heer-oh, an-tahy-]
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noun, plural an·ti·he·roes.
  1. 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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -roes
  1. a central character in a novel, play, etc, who lacks the traditional heroic virtues
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Word Origin and History for antihero

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

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