Adjective "heroic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having the characteristics of a hero or heroine; admirably brave or determined.
  1. 'heroic bomb disposal experts'
  2. 'At present heroic missions are undertaken by activists who smuggle generic drugs into countries where their sale is prohibited.'
  3. 'Her heroic labours and vigilant eye saved me from more than mere typographical errors.'
  4. 'The Arabian knights may be famous for their heroic deeds, but apparently word had failed to spread about their superb table manners.'
  5. 'She gives her character's heroic fantasies about the scoundrel Earnest an honest dignity without becoming farcical.'
  6. 'We're very excited with the opportunity to base a game on this time period when pilots were counted on to perform heroic and often suicidal deeds.'
  7. 'Dutt's heroic deed on the set of Mother India changed the course of his life.'
  8. 'Why the emphasis on the heroic exertion of vision and historiography?'
  9. 'He writes of the attempt to create a new myth around the heroic individual.'
  10. 'I do not mean to suggest that every heroic act must represent some form of collusion between the will of the achiever and the finger of God.'
  11. 'Every single one of them represents a heroic defeat.'
  12. 'To communicate King's heroic story, text panels alternate with images and objects in a variety of styles and mediums.'
  13. 'Ranum marches the reader through examples of the heroic style in theatre, architecture, and art to show the increased anxiety over identity and status.'
  14. 'The company in the royal or noble hall provided the audience for a literature which mirrored the age: heroic lays recited by professional bards.'
  15. 'Readers are invited to continue to submit football haiku or heroic couplets.'
  16. 'These include native law texts as well as heroic prose narratives and intricately crafted rhymed verse in hundreds of different meters.'
  17. 'This heroic, nationalist saga has been recapitulated in hundreds of books, articles, and school-texts ever since.'
  18. 'The heroic Greece of the Homeric poems is already a Greece fragmented into independent city-states.'
  19. 'It must have been during the Dark Age that heroic poetry developed and spread, even if (as seems probable) it originated in the Mycenaean age.'
  20. 'Most of the stories are heroic epics where the batir and his trusty horse save the clan and its livestock from danger.'
  21. 'The Taiping Rebellion had added another dimension to these folk memories, expressed in heroic tales of the imaginary exploits of its leader Hong Xiuquan.'
(of language or a work of art) grand or grandiose in scale or intention.
  1. 'The complete dominance of the composition by the figures, themselves projected on so heroic a scale, was a major influence on the course of High Renaissance art.'
  2. 'The project stemmed from a critical look at the tradition of heroic, nationalistic exposition architecture.'
  3. 'The middle classes preferred the German light or comic operas of Nicolai and Lortzing to the French or Italian heroic works.'
  4. 'But he stood no chance - she was having an affair with Dave, one of the forklift drivers, a wild chap built on the same heroic scale, with a wife and children at home.'
  5. 'The piece is heroic in its implications, and powerful in its visual component.'
  6. 'With his Eroica symphony he inaugurated what is often known as his heroic style, producing a work of unprecedented scale and power.'
  7. 'It is a heroic piece and becomes the more so when one considers its scale in the context of the artist's physical difficulties.'
  8. 'Yet this serf-conscious heroic aesthetic is relieved by grace in the decor of the palaces, in the glint of sunlight on the golden spires and domes, in the delicacy of the dancers at the ballet.'
  9. 'The fictional reference of David's picture is thus epic and heroic in scale.'
  10. 'These two ventures, Gura suggests, are the most heroic scholarly endeavors in American cultural history of the last generation.'
  11. 'Although Canova made his name in the 1780s with heroic sculptures, it was the pathos and sentiment of his later pieces that so endeared him to a new generation of patrons.'
  12. 'Preoccupied pedestrians amble past the heroic statue of San Martin on horseback without a glance.'
  13. 'The gaff, the muck-fork spear and the hayfork-turf candle form a tripod for the salmon to cradle in and are heroic in size and cast in bronze.'


Behaviour or talk that is bold or dramatic.
  1. 'Suddenly, before I could perform any heroics, I was grabbed forcibly from behind.'
  2. 'Despite regional variations Biedermeier style is therefore staid, sober, and particular, eschewing heroics and drama.'
  3. 'I could envision him performing the heroics described in the article.'
  4. 'But it came down to last-second heroics and breathless moments provided by the rarest of talents.'
  5. 'The film lacks sentimentality or heroics, and that makes Pollock as strong as its subject matter.'
  6. 'Perrin performed heroics to pluck it away from the top corner.'
  7. 'The stories of heroics performed in war zones to get the story home to breakfast tables will only sound more resounding in the weeks ahead.'
  8. 'In ways, the music is very Bachian but there is also a touch of Haydnian heroics that makes the music very approachable.'
  9. 'You won't be performing such indoor heroics this time around.'
  10. 'Otua had been greatly surprised as she watched Queen Chelsea's heroics.'


    1. Also, heroical. of, relating to, or characteristic of a hero or heroine.

    2. suitable to the character of a hero in size or concept; daring; noble: a heroic ambition.

    3. having or displaying the character or attributes of a hero; extraordinarily bold, altruistic, determined, etc.: a heroic explorer.

    4. having or involving recourse to boldness, daring, or extreme measures: Heroic measures were taken to save his life.

    5. dealing with or describing the deeds, attributes, e

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be heroic in things."

    "forecasts can be heroic against growths."

    "efforts can be heroic."

    "people can be heroic."

    "figures can be heroic."

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    Late Middle English: from Old French heroique or Latin heroicus, from Greek hērōikos ‘relating to heroes’, from hērōs ‘hero’.