Definition of heroic in English:


Line breaks: hero¦ic
Pronunciation: /hɪˈrəʊɪk


  • 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.
  • 2.1 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.


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  • 1Behaviour or talk that is bold or dramatic: the England star is getting special treatment because of his World Cup 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.



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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'.

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