heroic

Definitions

  • Laurie heroically shut his eyes while something was put into his arms
    Laurie heroically shut his eyes while something was put into his arms
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj heroic having or displaying qualities appropriate for heroes "the heroic attack on the beaches of Normandy","heroic explorers"
    • adj heroic showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort "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"- G.C.Marshall","they took heroic measures to save his life"
    • adj heroic of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope "an expansive lifestyle","in the grand manner","collecting on a grand scale","heroic undertakings"
    • adj heroic very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale) "an epic voyage","of heroic proportions","heroic sculpture"
    • adj heroic relating to or characteristic of heroes of antiquity "heroic legends","the heroic age"
    • n heroic a verse form suited to the treatment of heroic or elevated themes; dactylic hexameter or iambic pentameter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Heroic (Sculpture & Painting) Larger than life size, but smaller than colossal; -- said of the representation of a human figure.
    • Heroic Of or pertaining to, or like, a hero; of the nature of heroes; distinguished by the existence of heroes; as, the heroic age; an heroic people; heroic valor.
    • Heroic Worthy of a hero; bold; daring; brave; illustrious; as, heroic action; heroic enterprises.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • heroic Having or displaying the character or attributes of a hero; daring; intrepid; determined: as, a heroic warrior or explorer.
    • heroic Of or pertaining to heroes; suitable to the character of a hero; bold, daring, noble, or commanding in proportions, form, or quality: as, a heroic statue or monument; a heroic poem or symphony; a heroic enterprise; specifically, in art, larger than life: said of a statue, or a figure in a picture. See heroic size, below.
    • heroic Having recourse to extreme measures; boldly experimental; daring; rash: as, heroic treatment.
    • heroic Synonyms Gallant, Valiant, etc. (see brave), daring, fearless, dauntless.
    • n heroic A hero.
    • n heroic A heroic verse: most frequently used in the plural, sometimes sarcastically in the sense of bombast, or extravagant expressions of admiration or praise: as, to go into heroics over a picture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Heroic becoming a hero: courageous: illustrious: daring, rash
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Quotations

  • Nicholas Boileau
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    “If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires.”
  • Thomas C. Haliburton
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    “Failures to heroic minds are the stepping stones to success.”
  • Socrates
    Socrates
    “Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.”
  • Luigi Pirandello
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    “Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one: keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “Song is the heroics of speech.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. héroïque, L. heroïcus, Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through O. Fr. and L. from Gr. hērōs; akin to L. vir, A.S. wer, a man, Sans. víra, a hero.

Usage

In literature:

A rare and consistent life was hers, a worthy and heroic death.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
The rebels came on heroically, but were sent reeling back down the slope in confusion and disorder.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
The people are heroic.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
What these heroic souls of the 54th Regiment began, we must complete.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
All their interference was heroic interference.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
If you take good care of my mares, I'll give you a heroic steed.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
Ballard's heroic machine gun platoon a few days later was also relieved, by Lieut.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Honour to Brain, who four months after the event which I have now narrated was champion of England, having conquered the heroic Johnson.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Borrow
Major Jackson, of the 12th, coming up with his regiment, the next in line, followed the same heroic example.
"Our Soldiers" by W.H.G. Kingston
England may be a land of heroic hearts, but it is not, properly, a land of heroic figures, or heroic posture-making.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
In 1416, after fifteen years of self denying and heroic service, he is condemned at Constance and suffers martyrdom at the stake.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
What high, heroic experience to educate him, in her long centuries of ignoble peace?
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 4, October, 1864" by Various
When it was pleasant, she sat in the doorway, regardless of the fate of the heroic young woman of Norway.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Something of personal heroism is demanded of whoso prescribes heroic remedies, if those remedies are to succeed.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Daniel Boone was the happy leader of this heroic little band.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
Captain Twinely and his fellow-officer played no very heroic part.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
Songs, elegies, satires, encomiums, panegyrics, lampoons, plays, or heroic poems?
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
Men of heroic dimensions, both in good and ill, appeared in great numbers.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Scott has been quite heroic about it, but he suffers.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
To say no more about Arthur's technical "blamelessness," he has, by the coming of Lancelot, ceased to be altogether heroic.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1" by George Saintsbury
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In poetry:

When Peter Wanderwide was thrown
By Death himself beyond Auxerre,
He chanted in heroic tone
To priests and people gathered there:
"The Death and Last Confession of Wandering Peter" by Hilaire Belloc
Calm as that second summer which precedes
The first fall of the snow,
In the broad sunlight of heroic deeds,
The City bides the foe.
"Charleston" by Henry Timrod
Till storm, and sun, and night, vast with her stars,
Would seem an oft-told story,
And the old sorrow of heroic wars
Be faded of its glory;
"A Prayer" by John Charles McNeill
He spared not even heroics,
On which we poets pride us,
And would make no more
Of King Arthurs, by the score,
Than—all the world beside does.
"The Rape of the Trap. A Ballad" by William Shenstone
You brave heroic minds,
Worthy your country's name,
That honour still pursue,
Go, and subdue,
Whilst loit'ring hinds
Lurke here at home with shame.
"To The Virginian Voyage" by Michael Drayton
Before this thought the present hour recedes,
As from the beach a billow backward rolls,
And the great past, rich in heroic deeds
Illuminates our souls!
"Arms And The Man - The Embattled Colonies" by James Barron Hope

In news:

St Lawrence University will host Chris Corbally, vice director of the Vatican Observatory, for a talk titled "Heroic Galileo and the Message in the Stars" Monday, Oct 15, at 7 pm in Herring-Cole.
0Not everyone can be called a hero, but the acts of one woman trying to stop a crime make her heroic in every sense of the word.
However, more heroics were needed from Epps as the 49ers tied the match at 3-3 apiece with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.
It was inevitable that a heroic quarterback in the nation's capital gets politicized: some now say President Obama could take a few political pointers from Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
A heroic and haunting mission.
Wife of heroic Panhandle man killed in Midland crash speaks out.
Palmyra firefighters recognized for heroic actions.
Crookston Fire Chief Tim Froeber on Thursday presented presented firefighters Robin Steinbrink and Kent Ellingson with Heroic Life Saving Awards.
Heroic teen helps catch hit-and-run driver.
Heroic effort' may have spared lives.
Shelby Township supervisor praises " heroic " rescue effort at apartment fire.
Lisk recognized for heroic effort.
Jackson Prep dad's award honor to heroic alum.
Jackson Prep pays tribute to heroic alum.
Utility workers were heroic .
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In science:

Unfortunately, even after the heroic processing done by the IRAS team, the ISSA plates still suffer from defects (striping, calibration, zero level, zodiacal light) that can limit significantly their use.
IRIS: A new generation of IRAS maps
While the ‘heroic age’ of Antarctic exploration is long over, it still stirs the imagination when people think about Antarctica.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Paradoxically, this has also limited our ability to fully exploit the unique conditions to conduct front-line science, as much of our thinking is mired by pre-conceptions gleaned from the survival tales of the heroic age.
Astronomy in Antarctica
While heroic attempts have been made to produce high redshift IR Hubble diagrams of SNe Ia 39 , the massive amount of observing time required, and the fact that the restframe IR is redshifted to even longer wavelengths, has made serious cosmological constraints from this method elusive.
Type Ia Supernovae as Stellar Endpoints and Cosmological Tools
Napiwotzki et al. (2001) started the heroic SPY survey for short period DD systems.
The ELM Survey. II. Twelve Binary White Dwarf Merger Systems
This is an heroic effort involving 105 data points.
Exciting Baryons: now and in the future
Models by Huang & Wheeler (1989) and Mineshige & Wheeler (1989) were the first heroic attempts to obtain LMXBT’s light curves, but the result was not really compelling: neither the amplitudes nor the recurrence times corresponded to reality.
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
The Galactic Bulge Our host Andy McWilliam has been making heroic efforts over the years, in collaboration with Mike Rich, to gain accurate abundances for red giants in the Bulge.
Summary Talk
There have been a number of heroic attempts to quantize gravity along the lines of other field theories , , and it was recognized early on that General Relativity is not renormalizable.
Quantum Gravity in Everyday Life: General Relativity as an Effective Field Theory
Mark Oreglia did a heroic job juggling a complex mix of competing room requirements! Rooms are equipped with LCD pro jectors and screens; overhead pro jectors are also available by special request.
Overview and Charge -- Snowmass Workshop 2005
The large size of the sample is due to the heroic effort of many observers who have collected the necessary photometry over the years.
The Hubble Constant: A Summary of the HST Program for the Luminosity Calibration of Type Ia Supernovae by Means of Cepheids
At this meeting, we have heard reports of new and highly precise determinations of αs that profit from the combination of beautiful data with heroic perturbative-QCD calculations.
Theoretical Perspectives: XLIII Rencontres de Moriond - QCD
But, except for few heroic attempts, we seem to have given up.
Fusion11 Conference Summary
However, it is by no means as clean as that for the NN processes, and one still is faced with generally tiny experimental effects, which require heroic experimental efforts.
Parity Violation and the Nucleon-Nucleon System
Therefore, in order to improve upon existing measurements, the VLHC detectors will need to be extremely well designed and understood —certainly a heroic task.
Precision Measurements Of Heavy Objects Working Group Summary
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