- Also he·ro·i·cal. of, relating to, or characteristic of a hero or heroine.
- suitable to the character of a hero in size or concept; daring; noble: a heroic ambition.
- having or displaying the character or attributes of a hero; extraordinarily bold, altruistic, determined, etc.: a heroic explorer.
- having or involving recourse to boldness, daring, or extreme measures: Heroic measures were taken to save his life.
- dealing with or describing the deeds, attributes, etc., of heroes, as in literature.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the heroes of antiquity: heroic mythology.
- used in heroic poetry.Compare heroic verse.
- resembling heroic poetry in language or style; grandiloquent.
- (of style or language) lofty; extravagant; grand.
- larger than life-size: a statue of heroic proportions.
- Usually heroics. heroic verse.
- flamboyant or extravagant language, sentiment, or behavior, intended to seem heroic.
- heroic action or behavior.
Origin of heroic
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Examples from the Web for heroics
The tale was quickly slammed as Zionist propaganda by Hamas, and not all Israeli officials were convinced of his heroics, either.When the Son of Hamas Spied for Israel
August 5, 2014
For his heroics, one of the soldiers, Billy Lynn, has achieved a national celebrity on the magnitude of Jessica Lynch.American Dreams: The Essential Book of 2012
December 28, 2012
Are they not capable of intelligence, science, heroics, humanity, empathy, or love?This Week’s Hot Reads: July 9, 2012
July 9, 2012
"You are a great believer in heroics, Don Pickwixote," said the young lady.The Burning Spear
His decision was taken without any definite argument, without any heroics.The Twins of Suffering Creek
I have not borrowed much from Ibn Khallikan's heroics, but this is good.A Boswell of Baghdad
E. V. Lucas
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.The Man from the Bitter Roots
- prosody short for heroic verse
- extravagant or melodramatic language, behaviour, etc
- 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
- 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 heroics
1590s, "heroic verse" (see heroic). Meaning "deeds worthy of a hero" attested by 1831.
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.
- 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.