Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An antihero.

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  • n. A character, especially a protagonist, who is not a hero.

Etymologies

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non- +‎ hero

Examples

  • (And yes, "nonhero" is in the Scrabble® dictionary (it's in the MWU, too).)

    The Greenbelt

  • He was not Thomas Buddenbrook, nonhero of Thomas Mann's novel, who briefly glimpses a kind of peace in thinking that the stuff of which he is made will return to the universe from which he borrowed it.

    'And One Last Thing . .'

  • Im not excited but I think its inevitable that they will start producing this stuff..comic based movies gotta go into that anime crossover as well as the underground nonhero/spandex work the more I think of it, Ghost in the shell in the right hands could be mindblowing.

    Must Watch: Shyamalan's Last Airbender Superbowl TV Spot « FirstShowing.net

  • And then of course there's Manhattan, a hero, an antihero and a nonhero at once because he floats around in the background with a curious passivity -- the imminent and immanent nuclear threat.

    From Comic Book to Literary Classic

  • His alter ego (s) in Adaptation, played by Nicolas Cage, and even the absurdist John Cusack nonhero in Being John Malkovich (1999) are the predecessors for Mr. Rockwell's Barris in Mr. Kaufman's creative pressure cooker.

    Take a Bow, George Clooney: Who Knew You Could Direct?

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