Definition of heroic in English:

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Pronunciation: /həˈrōik/


1Having the characteristics of a hero or heroine; very brave: heroic deeds a few heroic individuals
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  • 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.
brave, courageous, valiant, valorous, lionhearted, superhuman, intrepid, bold, fearless, daring, audacious;
unafraid, undaunted, dauntless, doughty, plucky, manly, stout-hearted, mettlesome;
gallant, chivalrous, noble
informal gutsy, gutty, spunky, ballsy
1.1Of or representing heroes or heroines: early medieval heroic poetry
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  • 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 scale
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  • 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.
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  • 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.


1Behavior or talk that is bold or dramatic, especially excessively or unexpectedly so: the makeshift team performed heroics
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  • 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.


Late Middle English: from Old French heroique or Latin heroicus, from Greek hērōikos 'relating to heroes', from hērōs 'hero'.

Words that rhyme with heroic

echoic, Mesozoic, Palaeozoic (US Paleozoic), Stoic

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Syllabification: he·ro·ic

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