- The definition of heroic is a strong and courageous person or a story about deeds by those with these qualities.
- An example of a heroic deed is a fireman entering a burning building to save a child.
- An example of a heroic story is the story of Perseus in Greek mythology.
heroic definition by Webster's New World
- of or characterized by men of godlike strength and courage: the heroic age of Greece and Rome
- like or characteristic of a hero or his deeds; strong, brave, noble, powerful, etc.: heroic conduct, a heroic effort
- of or about a hero and his deeds; epic: a heroic poem
- exalted; eloquent; high-flown: heroic words
- daring and risky, but used as a last resort: heroic measures
- Art larger than life-size but less than colossal: a heroic statue
Origin: Classical Latin heroicus ; from Classical Greek heroikos, of a hero ; from hērōs, hero
- heroic verse
- pretentious or extravagant talk or action meant to seem heroic
- heroic behavior or deeds
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- heroically adverb
heroic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
adjective also he·ro·i·cal
- Of, relating to, or resembling the heroes of literature, legend, or myth.
- Having, displaying, or characteristic of the qualities appropriate to a hero; courageous: heroic deeds.
- a. Impressive in size or scope; grand: heroic undertakings.b. Of a size or scale that is larger than life: heroic sculpture.
- A line of heroic verse.
- heroics Heroic behavior or action.
- heroics Melodramatic behavior or language: “We trust the House . . . will come up with answers without all the political heroics” (Atlanta Constitution).
- he·roˈi·cal·ly adverb
- he·roˈi·cal·ness noun
heroic - Medical Definition
Relating to a risky medical procedure that may endanger the patient but also has a possibility of being successful, whereas lesser action would result in failure.