un·​he·​ro·​ic | \ ˌən-hi-ˈrō-ik also -her-ˈō- or -hē-ˈrō- How to pronounce unheroic (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Alvaro, younger than Serafina and penniless, is passionate but unheroic, and Serafina, used to a blunter kind of masculinity, can’t make up her mind about him. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "American Dreams in “The Rose Tattoo” and “Soft Power”," 21 Oct. 2019 Through six games as the starter in Denver, his rather unheroic role in the Broncos’ boring offense has been painfully well-defined: Don’t mess it up. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Does old gunslinger like Broncos QB Joe Flacco have any shot in shootout with Patrick Mahomes?," 16 Oct. 2019 The government Sunstein has always wanted and still wants is balanced, dispassionate, evidence-based, and ferociously unheroic. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "The Sameness of Cass Sunstein," 20 June 2019 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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“Unheroic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unheroic. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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