[ hi-roh-ik ]
/ hɪˈroʊ ɪk /
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.
Words nearby heroic
Origin of heroic
ANTONYMS FOR heroic
1, 2 cowardly.
OTHER WORDS FROM heroic
he·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, adjective
non·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
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British Dictionary definitions for pseudo-heroic
/ (hɪˈrəʊɪk) /
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
- 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
See also heroics
Derived forms of heroicheroically, adverbheroicalness or heroicness, noun
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Medicine definitions for pseudo-heroic
[ hĭ-rō′ĭk ]
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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