(ăn′tē-hĕr′ō-ĭn, ăn′tī-)
An antihero who is a woman or girl.
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a central female character in a novel, play, film, etc, who lacks the traditional heroic virtues
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(ˈæn tiˌhɛr oʊ ɪn, ˈæn taɪ-)

a female protagonist who lacks the ennobling qualities of a heroine.
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