- 1Having the characteristics of a hero or heroine; very brave: heroic deeds a few heroic individualsMore example sentences
- Wallace was a loser - a noble, brave, heroic loser, but still ultimately unsuccessful.
- They want lively narrative, bold handling of intrepid if not downright heroic characters, and an unflinching recognition of our past militarism.
- As he repeatedly said, war is really about survival - the only heroic thing an individual can do is survive.
- 1.1Of or representing heroes or heroines: early medieval heroic poetryMore example sentences
- It must have been during the Dark Age that heroic poetry developed and spread, even if (as seems probable) it originated in the Mycenaean age.
- This heroic, nationalist saga has been recapitulated in hundreds of books, articles, and school-texts ever since.
- These include native law texts as well as heroic prose narratives and intricately crafted rhymed verse in hundreds of different meters.
- 1.2(Of language or a work of art) grand or grandiose in scale or intention: one passes under pyramids and obelisks, all on a heroic scaleMore example sentences
- The middle classes preferred the German light or comic operas of Nicolai and Lortzing to the French or Italian heroic works.
- They bring the highfalutin heroic language back down to earth and make it palatable.
- Being aware of our own heritage makes us able to speak the same language that the Iraqis speak - the heroic language.
- 1.3 Sculpture (Of a statue) larger than life-size but less than colossal.More example sentences
- Preoccupied pedestrians amble past the heroic statue of San Martin on horseback without a glance.
- Exterior view of lone figures scurrying across empty squares dominated by heroic statuary.
- His new work for the Commons at Metro Tech is based upon the traditional heroic monument.
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- 1Behavior or talk that is bold or dramatic, especially excessively or unexpectedly so: the makeshift team performed heroicsMore example sentences
- In the circumstances both matches reached a remarkably high standard with all four players performing heroics as they produced high class tennis.
- It is an ‘ordinary’ girl, not a magic man, who performs the real heroics.
- The stories of heroics performed in war zones to get the story home to breakfast tables will only sound more resounding in the weeks ahead.
- 2 short for heroic verse.
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- Many of his nobles, like Krakra of Pernik, heroically defended their strongholds.
- You often hear of that in people who succeed, but I think it's possible for someone to act just as heroically and fail.
- They are assumed to be struggling on heroically, hearts and minds set on equality and liberation, restrained only by men and not their own behaviour.
late Middle English: from Old French heroique or Latin heroicus, from Greek hērōikos 'relating to heroes', from hērōs 'hero'.