Heroic
Heroic He*ro"ic, a. [F. h['e]ro["i]que, L. hero["i]cus, Gr. ?.] 1. Of or pertaining to, or like, a hero; of the nature of heroes; distinguished by the existence of heroes; as, the heroic age; an heroic people; heroic valor. [1913 Webster]

2. Worthy of a hero; bold; daring; brave; illustrious; as, heroic action; heroic enterprises. [1913 Webster]

3. (Sculpture & Painting) Larger than life size, but smaller than colossal; -- said of the representation of a human figure. [1913 Webster]

{Heroic Age}, the age when the heroes, or those called the children of the gods, are supposed to have lived.

{Heroic poetry}, that which celebrates the deeds of a hero; epic poetry.

{Heroic treatment} or {Heroic remedies} (Med.), treatment or remedies of a severe character, suited to a desperate case.

{Heroic verse} (Pros.), the verse of heroic or epic poetry, being in English, German, and Italian the iambic of ten syllables; in French the iambic of twelve syllables; and in classic poetry the hexameter.

Syn: Brave; intrepid; courageous; daring; valiant; bold; gallant; fearless; enterprising; noble; magnanimous; illustrious. [1913 Webster]


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  • heroic — [hi rō′ik] adj. [L heroicus < Gr heroikos, of a hero < hērōs, HERO] 1. of or characterized by men of godlike strength and courage [the heroic age of Greece and Rome] 2. like or characteristic of a hero or his deeds; strong, brave, noble,… …   English World dictionary

  • heroic — (adj.) 1540s, shortened from heroical (early 15c.), also heroycus noble, magnanimous, from L. heroicus of a hero, heroic, mythical, from Gk. heroikos pertaining to heroes, from heros (see HERO (Cf. hero) (1)). Earlier was heroical (early 15c.).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • heroic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of or like a hero or heroine; very brave. 2) grand or grandiose in scale or intention: pyramids on a heroic scale. ► NOUN (heroics) ▪ behaviour or talk that is bold or dramatic. DERIVATIVES heroically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • heroic — I adjective bold, brave, courageous, daring, dauntless, doughty, fearless, fortis, fortis et invictus, gallant, herolike, intrepid, lionhearted, noble, resolute, soldierly, stalwart, stout, stouthearted, unblenching, undaunted, unflinching,… …   Law dictionary

  • heroic — англ. [хиро/уик] héroïque фр. [эрои/к] heroisch нем. [хэро/иш] героический …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • heroic — [adj] brave, champion bigger than life*, bold, classic, courageous, daring, dauntless, doughty, elevated, epic, exaggerated, fearless, fire eating*, gallant, grand, grandiose, gritty, gutsy*, gutty*, high flown, impavid, inflated, intrepid, lion… …   New thesaurus

  • heroic — heroically, adv. heroicalness, heroicness, heroicity /hear oh is i tee/, n. /hi roh ik/, adj. 1. Also, heroical. 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a hero or heroine. 3. suitable to the character of a hero in size or concept; daring;… …   Universalium

  • heroic — [[t]hɪro͟ʊɪk[/t]] heroics 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe a person or their actions as heroic, you admire them because they show extreme bravery. The heroic sergeant risked his life to rescue 29 fishermen from their blazing trawler...… …   English dictionary

  • heroic — he•ro•ic [[t]hɪˈroʊ ɪk[/t]] adj. Also, he•ro′i•cal. 1) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a hero or heroine; daring; noble; intrepid: a heroic explorer; heroic ambition[/ex] 2) having or involving recourse to daring or forceful action:… …   From formal English to slang

  • heroic — I. adjective also heroical Date: 1549 1. of, relating to, resembling, or suggesting heroes especially of antiquity 2. a. exhibiting or marked by courage and daring b. supremely noble or self sacrificing 3. a. of impressive size, power, extent, or …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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