antiheroine

noun
an·​ti·​her·​o·​ine | \ ˌan-tē-ˈher-ə-wən, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antiheroine (audio) \

Definition of antiheroine

: a female antihero

Examples of antiheroine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Harley Quinn is a former gymnast who eventually traded in her leotard for a psychologist's lab coat — and then traded that in for the colourful wardrobe of a comic book antiheroine. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Did Margot Robbie Do Her Own Birds Of Prey Stunts?," 27 Mar. 2020 One of her longest-running was Cellulite, an emancipated princess who was tired of waiting for her Prince Charming and who became one of the first female antiheroines of French comics. New York Times, "Claire Bretécher, Satirical French Cartoonist, Dies at 79," 3 Mar. 2020 Its most recent episode aired five months ago — a wait that would surely have tested the patience of the show’s antiheroine Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), let alone fans. Los Angeles Times, "He learned from Shonda Rhimes. But he made ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ all his own," 2 Apr. 2020 Charlie’s Angels, the first film, came at the turn of the century, just before a wave of kitschy female superhero adaptations (think: Catwoman, Elektra) and, later, gritty antiheroines tasked with saving the world (The Hunger Games, Sucker Punch). Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "How Charlie’s Angels Benefits From the ‘Female Gaze’," 15 Nov. 2019 When the financial crisis trickles down and curbs the cash flow of their Wall Street clients, whose predatory practices set a dubious moral example for the titular antiheroines, Ramona transforms into something like Gordon Gekko in a G-string. Jen Yamato, chicagotribune.com, "How Lorene Scafaria’s ‘Hustlers’ turned a tabloid stripper drama into an ode to female empowerment," 9 Sep. 2019 When the financial crisis trickles down and curbs the cash flow of their Wall Street clients, whose predatory practices set a dubious moral example for the titular antiheroines, Ramona transforms into something like Gordon Gekko in a G-string. Jen Yamato, chicagotribune.com, "How Lorene Scafaria’s ‘Hustlers’ turned a tabloid stripper drama into an ode to female empowerment," 9 Sep. 2019 The antiheroines are Brentwood moms who were driven to lives of crime by lofty ambitions and high-status anxiety. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "A Lifetime Movie Nails the College-Admissions Scandal," 10 Oct. 2019 When the financial crisis trickles down and curbs the cash flow of their Wall Street clients, whose predatory practices set a dubious moral example for the titular antiheroines, Ramona transforms into something like Gordon Gekko in a G-string. Jen Yamato, chicagotribune.com, "How Lorene Scafaria’s ‘Hustlers’ turned a tabloid stripper drama into an ode to female empowerment," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of antiheroine

1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Antiheroine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antiheroine. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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