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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).

he·ro′i·cal·ly adv.
he·ro′i·cal·ness n.
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Adj.1.heroical - having or displaying qualities appropriate for heroes; "the heroic attack on the beaches of Normandy"; "heroic explorers"
bold - fearless and daring; "bold settlers on some foreign shore"; "a bold speech"; "a bold adventure"
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The virtue of prosperity, is temperance; the virtue of adversity, is fortitude; which in morals is the more heroical virtue.
How different from the manly and heroical poetry of Greece and Rome!
If he were only a little more heroical, he would be a charming young man: for although he is not very handsome, I don't think you notice it in the least when you are intimate with him.
When Miss Sharp had performed the heroical act mentioned in the last chapter, and had seen the Dixonary, flying over the pavement of the little garden, fall at length at the feet of the astonished Miss Jemima, the young lady's countenance, which had before worn an almost livid look of hatred, assumed a smile that perhaps was scarcely more agreeable, and she sank back in the carriage in an easy frame of mind, saying--"So much for the Dixonary; and, thank God, I'm out of Chiswick."
The wonderful generosity of her sentiments raises her at times into heroical and godlike regions, and verifies the pictures of Minerva, Juno, or Polymnia; and by the firmness with which she treads her upward path, she convinces the coarsest calculators that another road exists than that which their feet know.
He covers Hero and Leander: constants and questions; the classical world; Ovid (often) moralized: the Middle Ages; heroical poems: the Renaissance and after; folk and literary ballads; focal points: reflections in the lyric; the challenge of drama; the waves of the sea and love: Grillparzer and after; choice pieces of drollery: the burlesques; set to music: cantatas, operas, and musical plays; modern experiments; and some shallow story of deep love.
/ The people warlike, and the King renowned / For all heroical and kingly virtues' [2.1]), admiration that both Soliman and his general Brusor reciprocate ('And had he worshipped Mahomet for Christ, / He might have borne me throughout the world' says Brusor of Erastus after seeing him perform victoriously in a tournament [3.1]).
I could wish my fortunes more honorable, my person more gracious, my mind more adorned with noble and heroical virtues, yet, madam (that you think not your blood disparaged by mixture with mine), deign to know this: howsoever I once, only for your love, disguised myself in the service of your late lord and mine, yet my descent is as honourable as the proudest of your Spartan attempters.
Eventually, she manages to create her own army of the "Most Heroical Spirits" (Bell I, 2.9, 118), "Noble Heroickesses" (Bell I, 2.9, 120), and "Effeminate Army" (Bell I, 3.11, 125), the latter in a positive sense.
(57) The nexus between melancholy and poetry for Burton appears manifest in 'Heroical or Love Melancholy', a type of melancholy (properly called love melancholy) that includes, among its positive symptoms, a disposition towards the composition of poetry.
Other translators' assertiveness appears indirectly, such as John Harington's quasiauthorial byline on the central title of his translation, Orlando Furioso in English Heroical Verse, by Iohn Haringto[n] ...
conceal the more conventional terminology of such dramas by labeling them "heroical romance," not "chivalric romance." Given this misleading label is Guy Earl of Warwick (1593; 1590-c.