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HEROIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does heroic mean? 

HEROIC (noun)
  The noun HEROIC has 1 sense:

1. a verse form suited to the treatment of heroic or elevated themes; dactylic hexameter or iambic pentameter

  Familiarity information: HEROIC used as a noun is very rare.


HEROIC (adjective)
  The adjective HEROIC has 5 senses:

1. very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale)
2. relating to or characteristic of heroes of antiquity
3. having or displaying qualities appropriate for heroes
4. of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope
5. showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort

  Familiarity information: HEROIC used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


HEROIC (noun)


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Meaning:

A verse form suited to the treatment of heroic or elevated themes; dactylic hexameter or iambic pentameter

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

heroic; heroic meter; heroic verse

Hypernyms ("heroic" is a kind of...):

epic; epic poem; epos; heroic poem (a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds)


HEROIC (adjective)


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Meaning:

Very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale)

Synonyms:

epic; heroic; larger-than-life

Context examples:

an epic voyage / of heroic proportions / heroic sculpture

Similar:

big; large (above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent)


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Meaning:

Relating to or characteristic of heroes of antiquity

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

heroic legends / the heroic age

Pertainym:

hero ((classical mythology) a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god)


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Meaning:

Having or displaying qualities appropriate for heroes

Synonyms:

heroical; heroic

Context examples:

the heroic attack on the beaches of Normandy / heroic explorers

Similar:

bold (fearless and daring)


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Meaning:

Of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope

Synonyms:

grand; expansive; heroic

Context examples:

an expansive lifestyle / in the grand manner / collecting on a grand scale / heroic undertakings

Similar:

impressive (making a strong or vivid impression)


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Meaning:

Showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort

Synonyms:

desperate; heroic

Context examples:

made a last desperate attempt to reach the climber / the desperate gallantry of our naval task forces marked the turning point in the Pacific war / they took heroic measures to save his life

Similar:

brave; courageous (possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching)


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