noun, plural he·roes; for 5 also he·ros.
- a being of godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity.
- (in the Homeric period) a warrior-chieftain of special strength, courage, or ability.
- (in later antiquity) an immortal being; demigod.
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OTHER WORDS FROM herohe·ro·like, adjectivesub·he·ro, noun, plural sub·he·roes.un·he·ro, noun, plural un·he·roes.un·he·ro·like, adjective
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His hero, Bruce Springsteen, is a gazillionaire, but he still manages to come across as a regular guy, so perception is reality.
Selma becomes a biopic in which the hero shines while those who worked beside him are overlooked or relegated to the sidelines.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Sting took over the lead role to try to draw an audience, but his thumpingly inspirational score was already the hero of the show.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014|Janice Kaplan|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But you know, I had only one other hero in my life acting and that was River [Phoenix].Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lehman's script began after the jailbreak, focusing on the hero of the picture, an American who pursues Blake.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Meredith constructs a type-man as a hero, and makes this type express his purpose and meaning.English Literature|William J. Long
I need not repeat the number of his great and glorious actions, which mark him the General and the hero.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
It looks upon the hero as an illustration in the story of the war, which it reads like history.The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner|Charles Dudley Warner
How the motor roared as our hero jerked his levers back into their old position.The Hero of Panama|F. S. Brereton
"I used my own money, but it was almost the last dollar I had," said our hero, soberly.From Farm to Fortune|Horatio Alger Jr.