heroic

[hi-roh-ik]

adjective

noun

Usually heroics. heroic verse.
heroics,
  1. flamboyant or extravagant language, sentiment, or behavior, intended to seem heroic.
  2. heroic action or behavior.

Nearby words

  1. herod the great,
  2. herodian,
  3. herodians,
  4. herodias,
  5. herodotus,
  6. heroic age,
  7. heroic couplet,
  8. heroic drama,
  9. heroic poem,
  10. heroic quatrain

Origin of heroic

1540–50; < Latin hērōicus < Greek hērōïkós of, pertaining to a hero; compare late Middle English heroical, heroicus; see hero, -ic

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for heroic

heroic

heroical

adjective

of, like, or befitting a hero
courageous but desperate
relating to or treating of heroes and their deeds
of, relating to, or resembling the heroes of classical mythology
(of language, manner, etc) extravagant
prosody of, relating to, or resembling heroic verse
(of the arts, esp sculpture) larger than life-size; smaller than colossal
RC Church
  1. 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
  2. performed or undergone by such a personthe heroic witness of martyrdom
See also heroics

Derived Formsheroically, adverbheroicalness or heroicness, noun

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Word Origin and History for heroic

heroic

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for heroic

heroic

[hĭ-rōĭk]

adj.

Relating to a risky medical procedure that may endanger the patient but also has a possibility of being successful, whereas lesser action would result in failure.

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