Definition of unheroic in English:



  • Not heroic.

    ‘an unheroic death’
    • ‘Why read stories concerning unheroic, unlovely people who fail to realise the futility of their modest dreams?’
    • ‘It moves to an unnamed South American country, where its unheroic hero William, ostensibly running a loss-making British bookshop, is recruited as a spy and takes part in a coup.’
    • ‘Nowadays, with the mere mention of its name inducing mockery at Europe's top table, it performs the unheroic function of ensuring humiliation for smaller clubs and nations.’
    • ‘Chances are the story will be bogus or, even if genuine, the publicity process will render the hero decidedly unheroic.’
    • ‘Venus' face is a blurred reflection in a mirror and in Mars (which depicts the unheroic body of a strong old man got up in drapes and a helmet) the face is in shadow.’
    • ‘It's a book discussing what makes a military leader, and goes through examples of the hero, the anti-hero, the unheroic, and the false heroic.’
    • ‘In this case, it is the story of a heroic time told by a quite unheroic, irritable, meticulous, but affectionate and completely determined human being.’
    • ‘He was a dull, monotonous speaker - an unheroic, middle-sized, stolid, plain soldier.’
    • ‘In this case, I don't mean that Ash is a heroic figure who accomplishes his goals in unheroic ways.’
    • ‘He was at his most sensible best, organising funds and trying to get the decidedly unheroic Greeks to fight as if they were their glorious ancestors.’
    • ‘Without its focal point, the Boulangist movement rapidly splintered, leaving the general to compensate for his unheroic flight by romantically committing suicide on his mistress's tomb in Brussels in September 1891.’
    • ‘I felt that, in disobeying the law, I was honouring them in my own small, unheroic and doubtless futile way.’
    • ‘Were its political leaders unheroic (just ‘triers’, as one of them recently suggested) or did its peaceful history deny them the heroic role which revolution and civil war conferred on Washington and Lincoln?’
    • ‘He must be unheroic and yet brave, gauche and yet practical, ill and yet strong.’
    • ‘We've rarely seen him in such unheroic mode (at one point he even breaks down and weeps), though he does radiate the intensity of a desperate dad.’
    • ‘Part of the problem is that multilateralism and international collaboration are necessarily unheroic and inherently full of compromises.’
    • ‘Loyalists knew they were fighting a dark, largely unheroic war, directed against defenceless civilians.’
    • ‘It now looks impressively authentic, but audiences weren't yet ready for such an unheroic take on the war.’
    • ‘They were curiously matched as unheroic, down-to-earth, but knowing outsiders on their respective sides.’
    • ‘Murder - i.e. the killing of another person when there were other options than killing - is a constant in a lot of our media, and is not unheroic behaviour, or at least does not make the character unheroic.’
    shameful, dishonourable, ignominious, discreditable, disgraceful, humiliating, mortifying, demeaning, shaming, ignoble, abject, undignified, wretched, shabby
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