a woman noted for courageous acts or nobility of character: Esther and other biblical heroines.
a woman who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal: Name two women who have been heroines in your life.
the principal female character in a story, play, film, etc.
Lexical Investigations: KarmaKarma Karma entered English as a religious concept in the nineteenth century, but as it gained popularity, it took on additional meanings, that while still spiritual, are not loaded with the same religious connotations as the original sense. English speaker’s first introduction to karma was in the context of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Originally coming from the Sanskrit term for “action” or “fate,” karma …
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Compare hero(defs 1–3).
Origin of heroine
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a woman possessing heroic qualities
a woman idealized for possessing superior qualities
the main female character in a novel, play, film, etc
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1650s, from Latin heroine, heroina (plural heroinae) "a female hero, a demigoddess" (e.g. Medea), from Greek heroine, fem. of heros (see hero (n.1)). As "principal female character" in a drama or poem, from 1715.
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