- flamboyant or extravagant language, sentiment, or behavior, intended to seem heroic.
- heroic action or behavior.
Origin of heroic
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Antonyms for heroic
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Historical Examples of unheroic
There are two ways of encountering an anti-climax, an heroic, an unheroic.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
And yet, despite his unheroic physique, he was quick and remorseless in action.They of the High Trails
The fight was most unpicturesque, most unheroic; but it was tolerably grim for all that.Tristram of Blent
The Commandant winced, and shot a glance at the aged, unheroic figure.Major Vigoureux
A. T. Quiller-Couch
What nonsense this is, and what an unheroic character it makes Philip!That Fortune
Charles Dudley Warner
- 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
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.