heroic heroic  /hɪ ˈroʊ ɪk/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope
  2. (adj) showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort
  3. (n) a verse form suited to the treatment of heroic or elevated themes; dactylic hexameter or iambic pentameter
  4. (adj) very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale)
  5. (adj) relating to or characteristic of heroes of antiquity
  6. (adj) having or displaying qualities appropriate for heroes

Usage(s):

  1. Many an American has died in heroic circumstances, but until lately it has not appeared that any North American has performed saintworthy miracles.
  2. So I've always played heroic people as slightly flawed, slightly haunted by something else.
  3. As youngsters during World War II, we collected paper, stomped on tin cans and weeded victory gardens to help the heroic Russians and defeat the hated Nazis and Japs.

News

  1. UH trainer to be honored for saving life of Elkins grad

    For his heroic efforts in saving the life of one of his student-athletes last November, University of Houston Head Athletics Trainer Mike O’Shea will receive the Excellence in Athletic Training Award
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Sugar Land Sun

  2. EMT dispatcher helps find stroke victim during 8-hour call

    Talk about above and beyond the call of duty. A heroic New York City dispatcher spent a marathon eight hours on the phone with a stroke victim as rescuers attempted to locate her. A story in the New York Post reports that EMT dispatcher Joann Hilman-Payne got a call from an ill Mary Thomas, and [...]
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The Upbeat via Yahoo! News

  3. Stepdad hopeful son will walk again after heroic act

    Ricky Robinson wants one thing for Father’s Day. He wants to see his heroic, selfless son walk again.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Fox News

Quotes

  1. "We will never forget those who died. We will always remember the heroic efforts of our firefighters, police and emergency responders, and those who sacrificed their own lives on Flight 93 to protect their fellow Americans," Obama said in a...
    on Sep 11, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Focus News

  2. "The efforts of our troops in Helmand have been nothing short of heroic," Mr Brown told the Evening Standard. "There has been a tragic human cost. But this has not been in vain."
    on Jul 27, 2009 By: Gordon Brown Source: Telegraph.co.uk

  3. "We tried in an orthodox way and in an heroic way but we were not able to score. Today wasn't our day," Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said. "We have two games ahead of us. We have to find a way to win them."
    on Jun 16, 2010 By: Vicente del Bosque Source: The News International

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