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 (ăn′tē-hîr′ō, ăn′tī-)
n. pl. an·ti·he·roes
A main character in a dramatic or narrative work who is characterized by a lack of traditional heroic qualities, such as idealism or courage.

an′ti·her·o′ic (-hĭ-rō′ĭk) adj.
an′ti·her′o·ism (-hĕr′ō-ĭz′əm) n.


n, pl -roes
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a central character in a novel, play, etc, who lacks the traditional heroic virtues


(ˈæn tiˌhɪər oʊ, ˈæn taɪ-)

n., pl. -roes.
a protagonist who lacks the ennobling qualities of a hero.
an`ti•he•ro′ic (-hɪˈroʊ ɪk) adj.
an`ti•her′o•ism (-ˈhɛr oʊˌɪz əm) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antihero - a protagonist who lacks the characteristics that would make him a hero (or her a heroine)antihero - a protagonist who lacks the characteristics that would make him a hero (or her a heroine)
agonist, protagonist - the principal character in a work of fiction


[ˈæntɪˌhɪərəʊ] n (antiheroes (pl)) → antieroe m
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