heroic

Heroic means having the qualities of a hero, such as bravery. Maybe on your daily walk, you see a house on fire, and you run into the flames repeatedly to save the family and their pets, including the fish! That’s heroic.

Literature offers many examples of heroic characters, who by their strength or their wiles or both overcame almost impossible obstacles. In Greek mythology, Hercules was given seven seemingly impossible tasks that he completed with heroic daring, Achilles was a warrior whose accomplishments in battle were heroic, and Odysseus showed his heroic qualities as he conquered monsters and men in his journey home.

Definitions of heroic
  1. adjective
    having or displaying qualities appropriate for heroes
    “the heroic attack on the beaches of Normandy”
    heroic explorers”
    synonyms: heroical
    bold
    fearless and daring
  2. adjective
    showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort
    “they took heroic measures to save his life”
    synonyms: desperate
    brave, courageous
    possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
  3. adjective
    of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope
    heroic undertakings”
    synonyms: expansive, grand
    impressive
    making a strong or vivid impression
  4. adjective
    very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale)
    “of heroic proportions”
    heroic sculpture”
    synonyms: epic, larger-than-life
    big, large
    above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  5. adjective
    relating to or characteristic of heroes of antiquity
    heroic legends”
    “the heroic age”
  6. noun
    a verse form suited to the treatment of heroic or elevated themes; dactylic hexameter or iambic pentameter
    synonyms: heroic meter, heroic verse
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    type of:
    epic, epic poem, epos, heroic poem
    a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
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