adj. also he·ro·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Of, relating to, or resembling the heroes of literature, legend, or myth.
2. Having, displaying, or characteristic of the qualities appropriate to a hero; courageous: heroic deeds.
a. Impressive in size or scope; grand: heroic undertakings.
b. Of a size or scale that is larger than life: heroic sculpture.
1. A line of heroic verse.
2. heroics Heroic behavior or action.
3. heroics Melodramatic behavior or language: "Activism has nothing to do with publicity or heroics or being visible" (Patricia Bosworth).
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