un·​he·​ro·​ic | \ˌən-hi-ˈrō-ik also -her-ˈō- or -hē-ˈrō- \

Definition of unheroic 

: not heroic unheroic policy changes the book's timid, unheroic protagonist We should treat old people better, if only for the unheroic prudential reason that we may one day grow old ourselves.— Philip Howard

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Despite these unheroic conflicts of interest, the film portrays this period as a golden era for journalism. Christian Lorentzen, New Republic, "The Post Plays on Nostalgia for Nixon-Era Journalism," 14 Dec. 2017 The story culminates in squalid violence, and the unheroic Deep State is left to clean up—which is to say, cover up—the mess. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "We Are Living in the Coen Brothers’ Darkest Comedy," 15 July 2017 The Mummy' Well, this is fun: Tom Cruise allowed himself to be unheroic for a change, as an American soldier who steals rare antiquities while on missions. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "What movie should you see over July 4? We've got every scenario mapped out," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of unheroic

1732, in the meaning defined above

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obstinately defiant of authority

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