[ hi-roh-ik ]
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  1. Also he·ro·i·cal . of, relating to, or characteristic of a hero or heroine.

  2. suitable to the character of a hero in size or concept; daring; noble: a heroic ambition.

  1. having or displaying the character or attributes of a hero; extraordinarily bold, altruistic, determined, etc.: a heroic explorer.

  2. having or involving recourse to boldness, daring, or extreme measures: Heroic measures were taken to save his life.

  3. dealing with or describing the deeds, attributes, etc., of heroes, as in literature.

  4. of, relating to, or characteristic of the heroes of antiquity: heroic mythology.

  5. used in heroic poetry.: Compare heroic verse.

  6. resembling heroic poetry in language or style; grandiloquent.

  7. (of style or language) lofty; extravagant; grand.

  8. larger than life-size: a statue of heroic proportions.

  1. Usually heroics . heroic verse.

  2. heroics,

    • flamboyant or extravagant language, sentiment, or behavior, intended to seem heroic.

    • heroic action or behavior.

Origin of heroic

First recorded in 1540–50; from Latin hērōicus, from Greek hērōïkós “of, pertaining to a hero”; hero + -ic; compare late Middle English heroical, heroicus

Other words for heroic

Opposites for heroic

Other words from heroic

  • he·ro·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • he·ro·i·cal·ness, he·ro·ic·ness, he·ro·ic·i·ty [heer-oh-is-i-tee], /ˌhɪər oʊˈɪs ɪ ti/, noun
  • non·he·ro·ic, adjective
  • non·he·ro·i·cal, adjective
  • non·he·ro·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·he·ro·i·cal·ness, noun
  • non·he·ro·ic·ness, noun
  • pseu·do·he·ro·ic, adjective
  • pseu·do·he·ro·i·cal, adjective
  • pseu·do·he·ro·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-he·ro·ic, adjective
  • qua·si-he·ro·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • su·per·he·ro·ic, adjective
  • su·per·he·ro·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·he·ro·ic, adjective
  • un·he·ro·ic·ness, noun
  • un·he·ro·i·cal, adjective
  • un·he·ro·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·he·ro·i·cal·ness, noun

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How to use heroic in a sentence

  • If we are to trust the evidence of the records it is due to differences in the ideas which animated heroic and non-heroic society.

    The Heroic Age | H. Munro Chadwick

British Dictionary definitions for heroic



/ (hɪˈrəʊɪk) /

  1. of, like, or befitting a hero

  2. courageous but desperate

  1. relating to or treating of heroes and their deeds

  2. of, relating to, or resembling the heroes of classical mythology

  3. (of language, manner, etc) extravagant

  4. prosody of, relating to, or resembling heroic verse

  5. (of the arts, esp sculpture) larger than life-size; smaller than colossal

  6. 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-control: heroic virtue

    • performed or undergone by such a person: the heroic witness of martyrdom

Derived forms of heroic

  • heroically, adverb
  • heroicalness or heroicness, noun

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