antihero
noun Date: 1714 a protagonist or notable figure who is conspicuously lacking in heroic qualities • antiheroic adjective

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  • antihero — (n.) also anti hero; 1714, from ANTI (Cf. anti ) + HERO (Cf. hero) …   Etymology dictionary

  • antihero — [an′tī hir΄ō; an′tēhir΄ō, an′tihir΄ō] n. pl. antiheroes the protagonist of a novel, play, etc. who lacks the virtues and estimable traits of a traditional hero antiheroic adj …   English World dictionary

  • Antihero — In fiction, an antihero [Spelled as a single word, without hyphen, per [http://www.merriam webster.com/dictionary/antihero Merriam Webster Online] ; [http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/antihero Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)] , based on… …   Wikipedia

  • antihero — antiheroism, /an tee her oh iz euhm, an tuy /, n. /an tee hear oh, an tuy /, n., pl. antiheroes. a protagonist who lacks the attributes that make a heroic figure, as nobility of mind and spirit, a life or attitude marked by action or purpose, and …   Universalium

  • antihero — noun /ˈæn.tɪˌhɪə.ɹəʊ,ˈæn.taiˌhi.ɹoʊ,ˈæn.tiˌhi.ɹoʊ/ A protagonist who proceeds in an unheroic manner, such as by criminal means, via cowardly actions, or for mercenary goals. See Also: antiheroine …   Wiktionary

  • antihero — Synonyms and related words: actor, antagonist, bit, bit part, cast, character, cue, fat part, feeder, heavy, hero, heroine, ingenue, lead, lead role, leading lady, leading man, leading woman, lines, part, person, personage, piece, protagonist,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • antihero — an|ti|her|o [ˈæntıˌhıərəu US ˌhırou] n plural antiheroes a main character in a book, play, or film who is an ordinary or unpleasant person and lacks the qualities that you expect a hero to have …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • antihero — an|ti|hero [ ænti,hırou ] noun count a main CHARACTER (=person) in a story who does not have the qualities that a HERO usually has, such as being brave or morally good …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • antihero — see anti hero …   English dictionary

  • antihero — n. protagonist which does not possess the traditional characteristics of a hero …   English contemporary dictionary

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