- flamboyant or extravagant language, sentiment, or behavior, intended to seem heroic.
- heroic action or behavior.
Origin of heroic
Examples from the Web for heroic
Sometimes they do heroic things, sometimes they wish they could.
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
Hamas called the attack “heroic” and, disgustingly, tweeted out photos of the bodies.
Some heroic volunteers, like Spencer, have joined the fight—but not enough.Why New York’s Ebola Case Will Hurt Infected Patients Everywhere|Abby Haglage|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Like Nina Pham, she is a heroic person—a person who has dedicated her life to helping others,” he told a press conference.
In his brief he spoke in the highest terms of the Spanish episcopate, and of the piety and heroic devotion of the priesthood.The War Upon Religion|Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
He left Mr Monypenny with his head full of thoughts which were not all heroic.The Ladies Lindores, Vol. 3(of 3)|Margaret Oliphant
In the close of the heroic literature of Iceland a number of general causes are to be found at work.Epic and Romance|W. P. Ker
Now was the chance for the heroic Chand Moorut; and that warrior was never known to let an opportunity slip.The Eagle Cliff|R.M. Ballantyne
May our heroic wrath never lessen, nor our holy hate be appeased.The Daughter of Heaven|Judith Gautier
British Dictionary definitions for heroic
- held to such a degree as to enable a person to perform virtuous actions with exceptional promptness, ease and pleasure, and with self-abnegation and self-controlheroic virtue
- performed or undergone by such a personthe heroic witness of martyrdom
Word Origin and History for heroic
1540s, shortened from heroical (early 15c.), also heroycus "noble, magnanimous," from Latin heroicus "of a hero, heroic, mythical," from Greek heroikos "pertaining to heroes," from heros (see hero (n.1)). Earlier was heroical (early 15c.). The Heroic Age in Greece was the time before the return of the armies from the fall of Troy. Related: Heroically. Heroic verse (1610s), decasyllabic iambic, is from Italian.