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 effect <
heroic doses
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<
a heroic voice
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b. (1) of great intensity ; extreme, drastic <
heroic effort
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(2) of a kind that is likely only to be undertaken to save a life <
heroic surgery
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4. of, relating to, or constituting drama written during the Restoration in heroic couplets and concerned with a conflict between love and honor • heroically adverb II. noun Date: 1596 1. a heroic verse or poem 2. plural a. flamboyantly heroic language or action b. heroic action or behavior c. determined effort especially in the face of difficulty

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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  • 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

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