heroic

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...

His heroic deeds were celebrated in every corner of India.

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heroically [[t]hɪro͟ʊɪkli[/t]] ADV-GRADED ADV with v

He had acted heroically during the liner's evacuation.

2) ADJ-GRADED (approval) If you describe an action or event as heroic, you admire it because it involves great effort or determination to succeed.

The company has made heroic efforts at cost reduction...

He finally faltered in the last game of a heroic match...

Their dogged single-mindedness is almost heroic.

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heroically ADV usu ADV with v, also ADV adj

Single parents cope heroically in doing the job of two people.

3) ADJ: usu ADJ n Heroic means being or relating to the hero of a story.

...the book's central, heroic figure.

4) N-PLURAL Heroics are actions involving bravery, courage, or determination.

...the man whose aerial heroics helped save the helicopter pilot...

England need heroics from the captain now.

5) N-PLURAL: usu with brd-neg (disapproval) If you describe someone's actions or plans as heroics, you think that they are foolish or dangerous because they are too difficult or brave for the situation in which they occur. [SPOKEN]

He said his advice was: `No heroics, stay within the law'...

Cut it out, Perry. You've performed your heroics. It's all over now.


English dictionary. 2008.

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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

  • 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 — 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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