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.

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 heroics

Contemporary Examples of heroics

Historical Examples of heroics

  • "You are a great believer in heroics, Don Pickwixote," said the young lady.

    The Burning Spear

    John Galsworthy

  • His decision was taken without any definite argument, without any heroics.

  • I have not borrowed much from Ibn Khallikan's heroics, but this is good.

  • The secret of his power can be found in his letters, which are quite free from heroics.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore

  • There were no heroics when he left them; he simply fastened on his pack and went.


British Dictionary definitions for heroics

heroics

pl n

prosody short for heroic verse
extravagant or melodramatic language, behaviour, etc

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 heroics
n.

1590s, "heroic verse" (see heroic). Meaning "deeds worthy of a hero" attested by 1831.

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

heroics in Medicine

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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