- 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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What Did The Word "Hero" Used To Mean?
We've long been captivated by heroes, but who and what we call heroes has definitely changed over time.
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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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Moving into a new apartment is like playing hero to yourself.
The hoops intelligentsia has, for the most part, weighed the case for hero ball and ruled against it.LeBron And AD Dominate Like Kobe And Shaq. But Can They Win Like The Classic Lakers?|Robert O'Connell|August 24, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
The three-part series is packed with horror and action and follows a demented Deadpool as he attempts to rid the Marvel universe of heroes.This Weekend: You’ll Never Bathe the Same Way Again|Joshua Eferighe|August 21, 2020|Ozy
In the newest phase of the crisis, it is less evident who the heroes are.Why female leaders are faring better than ‘wartime presidents’ against COVID-19|matthewheimer|August 20, 2020|Fortune
Our heroes are the ones who have walked intentionally toward social good, amplifying unheard voices and embracing inconvenience in exchange for more just outcomes for all.
His hero, Bruce Springsteen, is a gazillionaire, but he still manages to come across as a regular guy, so perception is reality.
My captain on the boat, Brazakka, he wanted me to do this Hemingway bit, with the white stubble, and he wanted the hero angle.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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
His hero, Gulliver, discovers race after race of beings who typify the genera in his classification of mankind.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
General Lachambre, as the hero of Cavite, followed to receive the applause which was everywhere showered upon him in Spain.
El Imparcial maintained that he was worthy of being honoured as a 19th century conquering hero.
He stood, with the air of a hero, both arms extended towards the amazed pair of lovers.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Our hero smiled as he waved his hand to his companions, and, turning away, was soon lost to sight among the bushes.Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne