noun, plural he·roes; for 6 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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Example sentences from the Web for hero
Finally, we have a major film on civil rights in which African Americans are the heroes in their own story.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Oskar Schindler—these names come readily to mind when we think of heroes of conscience.
Claret for boys, port for men, and brandy for heroes, according to Dr. Johnson, and Hitch went for the heroic.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No one wanted them to succeed, not the cops, the heroes, not the villains.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’|Rich Goldstein|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We nerds, especially, with our inherent distrust of social situations, love to make “the press” the enemy of our heroes.I Blame People Who Blame the Media: Robert McCulloch’s Tone-Deaf Speech|Arthur Chu|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That important institution was, our heroes discovered, by no means an assembly of one idea.Follow My leader|Talbot Baines Reed
What would the heroes of Roncevalles and Pavia have said to those events?A Five Years' Residence in Buenos Ayres|George Thomas Love
Its heroes conquer without exultation, and die without sorrow.Our Fathers Have Told Us|John Ruskin
The first part of the Elder Edda gives the mythology of the North, while the lays of the heroes are found in its second part.Richard Wagner His Life and His Dramas|W. J. Henderson
Ye gods, the guardians of this glorious people, Who watch with jealous eye Æneas' race, This land of heroes I commit to you!The Inflexible Captive|Hannah More