[ 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.

Origin of antihero

First recorded in 1705–15; anti- + hero

Related forms

an·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. 2019

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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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