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.
Origin of hero
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Related Words for heroeshoagie, sub, submarine, torpedo, grinder, ace, adventurer, celebrity, combatant, conqueror, daredevil, exemplar, gallant, god, heavy, ideal, idol, lead, lion, martyr
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Contemporary Examples of heroes
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’
January 2, 2015
Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Oskar Schindler—these names come readily to mind when we think of heroes of conscience.The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler
John Henry Crosby
December 26, 2014
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
December 13, 2014
No one wanted them to succeed, not the cops, the heroes, not the villains.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’
December 6, 2014
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
November 25, 2014
Historical Examples of heroes
They were the heroes of other lands; but have we not heroes also of our own?Explorations in Australia
The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment.
Those who say that we are in a time when there are no heroes just don't know where to look.
I have used the words "they" and "their" in speaking of these heroes.
All his other women are parts of her or reflections of her, as all his heroes are sides of Hamlet, or reflections of him.The Man Shakespeare
noun plural -roes
Word Origin for hero
1955, the New York term for a sandwich elsewhere called submarine, grinder, poor boy (New Orleans), or hoagie (Philadelphia); origin unknown, perhaps so called for its great size, or a folk etymology alteration of Greek gyro as a type of sandwich.
late 14c., "man of superhuman strength or physical courage," from Latin heros "hero," from Greek heros "demi-god" (a variant singular of which was heroe), originally "defender, protector," from PIE root *ser- "to watch over, protect" (cf. Latin servare "to save, deliver, preserve, protect;" see observe). Meaning "man who exhibits great bravery" in any course of action is from 1660s. Sense of "chief male character in a play, story, etc." first recorded 1690s. First record of hero-worship is from 1774.