Usually heroics. heroic verse.
  1. flamboyant or extravagant language, sentiment, or behavior, intended to seem heroic.
  2. heroic action or behavior.

Origin of heroic

1540–50; < Latin hērōicus < Greek hērōïkós of, pertaining to a hero; compare late Middle English heroical, heroicus; see hero, -ic
Related formshe·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, adjectivenon·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

Synonyms for heroic

Antonyms for heroic

1, 2. cowardly.
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Examples from the Web for unheroic

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.

  • The fight was most unpicturesque, most unheroic; but it was tolerably grim for all that.

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for unheroic




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
  1. 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
  2. performed or undergone by such a personthe heroic witness of martyrdom
See also heroics
Derived Formsheroically, adverbheroicalness or heroicness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unheroic



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.

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unheroic in Medicine




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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