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

Examples of unheroic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its stars still burn brightly—perhaps especially so in our own gruesomely unheroic times—with Ernest Shackleton considered by many to be the brightest star of them all. Sara Wheeler, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2022 But it’s the Englishman’s perspective — not just that of Hugh, but Jeremy Irons’ dry, decent but fatally unheroic Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain — that this predominantly English-language affair ultimately favors. Guy Lodge, Variety, 30 Dec. 2021 And yet when one reads through the FDOH documents that chronicle the affair, one is struck by how dull and unheroic the whole thing really was. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 13 May 2021 Iron Man drinks heavily, beds plenty of women and generally acts fairly unheroic. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 16 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 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, 20 June 2019 Despite these unheroic conflicts of interest, the film portrays this period as a golden era for journalism. Christian Lorentzen, New Republic, 14 Dec. 2017 See More

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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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