antihero

noun
an·​ti·​he·​ro | \ ˈan-tē-ˌhē-(ˌ)rō, ˈan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antihero (audio) , -ˌhir-(ˌ)ō \
plural antiheroes

Definition of antihero

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

Other Words from antihero

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 In the comics, she was long depicted as Jewish — for decades, her father was believed to be X-Men antihero Magneto, who survived the Holocaust. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 On stage at CinemaCon, Sony brass suggested Ocasio will portray an antihero on the verge of inheriting his father’s power. NBC News, 26 Apr. 2022 On stage at CinemaCon, Sony brass suggested Ocasio will portray an antihero on the verge of inheriting his father’s power. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 25 Apr. 2022 How will Ava, a bad boss and a Black woman, torque the antihero trope? Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 That's two villains and an antihero class-splaining our protagonist, so just imagine what the noble civil servant thinks. Darren Franich, EW.com, 10 Mar. 2022 Sony also has halted the release of Morbius, a Marvel antihero film starring Jared Leto, which was set to open on March 24. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 1 Mar. 2022 Suddenly, the idea that not all superheroes wear capes — but an antihero could — became an intriguing pop-culture ideology. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 2022 Wagner’s stories, published throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, center on an immortal antihero named simply Kane who is equal parts warrior, sorcerer, marauder and conqueror. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of antihero

1714, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

10 May 2022

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“Antihero.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antihero. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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