antihero

noun an·ti·he·ro \ ˈan-tē-ˌhē-(ˌ)rō , ˈan-ˌtī- , -ˌhir-(ˌ)ō \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of antihero

: a protagonist or notable figure who is conspicuously lacking in heroic qualities

antiheroic

play \ˌan-tē-hi-ˈrō-ik, ˌan-ˌtī-\ adjective

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First Known Use of antihero

1714


ANTIHERO Defined for English Language Learners

antihero

noun

Definition of antihero for English Language Learners

  • : a main character in a book, play, movie, etc., who does not have the usual good qualities that are expected in a hero


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