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

Origin of heroic

1540–50; < Latin hērōicus < Greek hērōïkós of, pertaining to a hero; compare late Middle English heroical, heroicus; see hero, -ic
Related formshe·ro·i·cal·ly, adverbhe·ro·i·cal·ness, he·ro·ic·ness, he·ro·ic·i·ty [heer-oh-is-i-tee] /ˌhɪər oʊˈɪs ɪ ti/, nounnon·he·ro·ic, adjectivenon·he·ro·i·cal, adjectivenon·he·ro·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·he·ro·i·cal·ness, nounnon·he·ro·ic·ness, nounpseu·do·he·ro·ic, adjectivepseu·do·he·ro·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·he·ro·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-he·ro·ic, adjectivequa·si-he·ro·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·he·ro·ic, adjectivesu·per·he·ro·i·cal·ly, adverbun·he·ro·ic, adjectiveun·he·ro·ic·ness, nounun·he·ro·i·cal, adjectiveun·he·ro·i·cal·ly, adverbun·he·ro·i·cal·ness, noun

Synonyms for heroic

Antonyms for heroic

1, 2. cowardly.
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Examples from the Web for heroically

Contemporary Examples of heroically

Historical Examples of heroically

  • But the two of them—the young woman and the old man—bent to it heroically.

    Four Girls and a Compact

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • Distance and danger were no obstacles to the crews who heroically manned them.

  • "We'll all do our best, mum," replied Mrs. Fixfax, heroically.

  • She laughed, but Philippe, taking it seriously, drank it off most heroically.

    The Queen's Necklace

    Alexandre Dumas pre

  • The army and navy have nobly and heroically performed their part.

British Dictionary definitions for heroically




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 heroically



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.

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heroically in Medicine




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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