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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hero  \He"ro\,  n.;  pl  {Heroes}.  [F.  h['e]ros,  L.  heros,  Gr  ?.] 
  1.  (Myth.)  An  illustrious  man,  supposed  to  be  exalted,  after 
  death,  to  a  place  among  the  gods;  a  demigod,  as  Hercules. 
 
  2.  A  man  of  distinguished  valor  or  enterprise  in  danger,  or 
  fortitude  in  suffering;  a  prominent  or  central  personage 
  in  any  remarkable  action  or  event;  hence  a  great  or 
  illustrious  person. 
 
  Each  man  is  a  hero  and  oracle  to  somebody. 
  --Emerson. 
 
  3.  The  principal  personage  in  a  poem,  story,  and  the  like  or 
  the  person  who  has  the  principal  share  in  the  transactions 
  related;  as  Achilles  in  the  Iliad,  Ulysses  in  the  Odyssey, 
  and  [AE]neas  in  the  [AE]neid. 
 
  The  shining  quality  of  an  epic  hero.  --Dryden. 
 
  {Hero  worship},  extravagant  admiration  for  great  men,  likened 
  to  the  ancient  worship  of  heroes. 
 
  Hero  worship  exists,  has  existed,  and  will  forever 
  exist,  universally  among  mankind.  --Carlyle. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hero 
  n  1:  a  man  distinguished  by  exceptional  courage  and  nobility  and 
  strength;  "RAF  pilots  were  the  heroes  of  the  Battle  of 
  Britain" 
  2:  the  principle  character  in  a  play  or  movie  or  novel  or  poem 
  3:  someone  who  fights  for  a  cause  [syn:  {champion},  {fighter}, 
  {paladin}] 
  4:  (classical  mythology)  a  being  of  great  strength  and  courage 
  celebrated  for  bold  exploits;  often  the  offspring  of  a 
  mortal  and  a  god 
  5:  a  large  sandwich  made  of  a  long  crusty  roll  split  lengthwise 
  and  filled  with  meats  and  cheese  (and  tomato  and  onion  and 
  lettuce  and  condiments);  different  names  are  used  in 
  different  sections  of  the  United  States  [syn:  {bomber},  {grinder}, 
  {hero  sandwich},  {hoagie},  {hoagy},  {Cuban  sandwich},  {Italian 
  sandwich},  {poor  boy},  {sub},  {submarine},  {submarine 
  sandwich},  {torpedo},  {wedge},  {zep}] 




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