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antihero (ˈæntaɪˌhɪroʊ Pronunciation for ˈæntiˌhɪroʊ Pronunciation for ˈæntɪˌhɪroʊ Pronunciation for )



Word forms:   plural ˈantiˌheroes
  1. the protagonist of a novel, play, etc. who lacks the virtues and estimable traits of a traditional hero

Derived Forms

ˌantiheˈroic adjective

Example Sentences Including 'antihero'

A gulf separates Leopold Bloom, antihero of James Joyce's novel Ulysses, from the hero of the Greek Odyssey.
Gioia, Dana (editor) Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Drama (6th edn) (1995)


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