antihero

noun

an·​ti·​he·​ro
ˈan-tē-ˌhē-(ˌ)rō,
ˈan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antihero (audio)
-ˌhir-(ˌ)ō
plural antiheroes
: a protagonist or notable figure who is conspicuously lacking in heroic qualities
antiheroic
ˌan-tē-hi-ˈrō-ik
ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antihero (audio)
adjective

Examples of antihero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gone were the days where a fan-favorite antihero like Michael Rooker’s Merle could bite the dust after so much build-up, or even moves as shocking as Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham’s (Michael Cudlitz) twin executions in the season seven premiere, divisive as that story decision was. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Mar. 2024 The show understands perfectly that the character’s appeal risks elevating her into a wildly compelling (but unthinkable) antihero. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 The film sees Quinn join forces with other antiheroes like The Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and the Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett) to save a young girl from an infamous crime boss. Keith Langston, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2024 Halston’s fashion designer antihero forsakes art and love for money and fame, terrorizing the people who care about him the most. TIME, 31 Jan. 2024 Moving forward, our next show out is Agatha, and there are parallels there with two antiheroes. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Mar. 2024 Our antihero isn’t just an ex-Marine, but a former academic who still reads philosophy and classic literature. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2024 Young audiences connected with the film’s rebellious antiheroes and imitated their brand of gritty glamor. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, The Atlantic, 10 Mar. 2024 Aided by a stellar cast and strong support from HBO, Benioff and Weiss nonetheless did exceptional work translating Martin’s vision into a nuanced drama with a deep bench of antiheroes and competing points of view. Alison Herman, Variety, 9 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of antihero was in 1714

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“Antihero.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antihero. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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