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 But charmless and unprepossessing won’t cut it on TV: there, Sorokin becomes a brash antiheroine who looks like a beautiful TV star, because she’s played by Julia Garner, a beautiful TV star. Molly Fischer, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Possibly sociopathic and certainly capable of slitting Achilles tendons while lurking under a bed — smiling all the while — Comer’s Villanelle was a sui generis TV antiheroine not given to sentimentality. Randee Dawn, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 Catwoman is a powerful female antiheroine that appears alongside other characters in the Gotham TV series. Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 12 May 2022 Fictional male antiheroes like television's crime patriarchs Tony Soprano and Walter White have reigned for some time, but the antiheroine has only more recently had the opportunity to rise up -- and become the cause of her own downfall. CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Sissy Spacek's breakthrough performance as the title character cemented her as the classic vengeful antiheroine. CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Their preferred palettes differ significantly, too; where red is our antiheroine's signature color, her nemesis appears primarily in browns, greens, and golds (though she's pictured here at a black-and-white ball). Mary Sollosi, EW.com, 20 Apr. 2021 Emma Stone stars as our devilish antiheroine and Emma Thompson provides her old-school fashion foil as the Baroness. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, 23 Mar. 2021 The film’s antiheroine is played by Keira Knightley, who just might take your breath away with her historically inaccurate gowns bedecked with Tiffany and Chanel accessories. Vogue, 3 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of antiheroine

1823, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jun 2022

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“Antiheroine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antiheroine. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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