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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Heroic  \He*ro"ic\,  a.  [F.  h['e]ro["i]que,  L.  hero["i]cus,  Gr 
  ?.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  Worthy  of  a  hero;  bold;  daring;  brave;  illustrious;  as 
  heroic  action  heroic  enterprises. 
 
  3.  (Sculpture  &  Painting)  Larger  than  life  size,  but  smaller 
  than  colossal;  --  said  of  the  representation  of  a  human 
  figure. 
 
  {Heroic  Age},  the  age  when  the  heroes,  or  those  called  the 
  children  of  the  gods,  are  supposed  to  have  lived. 
 
  {Heroic  poetry},  that  which  celebrates  the  deeds  of  a  hero; 
  epic  poetry. 
 
  {Heroic}  {treatment  or  remedies}  (Med.),  treatment  or 
  remedies  of  a  severe  character,  suited  to  a  desperate 
  case. 
 
  {Heroic  verse}  (Pros.),  the  verse  of  heroic  or  epic  poetry, 
  being  in  English,  German,  and  Italian  the  iambic  of  ten 
  syllables;  in  French  the  iambic  of  twelve  syllables;  and 
  in  classic  poetry  the  hexameter. 
 
  Syn:  Brave;  intrepid;  courageous;  daring;  valiant;  bold; 
  gallant;  fearless;  enterprising;  noble;  magnanimous; 
  illustrious. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  heroic 
  adj  1:  surpassing  the  ordinary  especially  in  size  or  scale;  "an 
  epic  voyage";  "of  heroic  proportions";  "heroic 
  sculpture"  [syn:  {epic},  {larger-than-life}] 
  2:  relating  to  or  characteristic  of  heroes  of  antiquity; 
  "heroic  legends";  "the  heroic  age" 
  3:  having  or  displaying  qualities  appropriate  for  heroes;  "the 
  heroic  attack  on  the  beaches  of  Normandy";  "heroic 
  explorers"  [syn:  {heroical}] 
  4:  impressive  in  size  or  scope;  "heroic  undertakings"  [syn:  {grand}] 
  5:  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"  [syn:  {desperate}] 




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