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 for heroic
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Heroic \He*ro"ic\, a. [F. h['e]ro["i]que, L. hero["i]cus, Gr.
     1. Of or pertaining to, or like, a hero; of the nature of
        heroes; distinguished by the existence of heroes; as, the
        heroic age; an heroic people; heroic valor.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Worthy of a hero; bold; daring; brave; illustrious; as,
        heroic action; heroic enterprises.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. (Sculpture & Painting) Larger than life size, but smaller
        than colossal; -- said of the representation of a human
        [1913 Webster]
     Heroic Age, the age when the heroes, or those called the
        children of the gods, are supposed to have lived.
     Heroic poetry, that which celebrates the deeds of a hero;
        epic poetry.
     Heroic treatment or Heroic remedies (Med.), treatment or
        remedies of a severe character, suited to a desperate
     Heroic verse (Pros.), the verse of heroic or epic poetry,
        being in English, German, and Italian the iambic of ten
        syllables; in French the iambic of twelve syllables; and
        in classic poetry the hexameter.
     Syn: Brave; intrepid; courageous; daring; valiant; bold;
          gallant; fearless; enterprising; noble; magnanimous;
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary
             (especially in size or scale); "an epic voyage"; "of
             heroic proportions"; "heroic sculpture" [syn: epic,
             heroic, larger-than-life]
      2: relating to or characteristic of heroes of antiquity; "heroic
         legends"; "the heroic age"
      3: having or displaying qualities appropriate for heroes; "the
         heroic attack on the beaches of Normandy"; "heroic explorers"
         [syn: heroic, heroical]
      4: of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or
         scope; "an expansive lifestyle"; "in the grand manner";
         "collecting on a grand scale"; "heroic undertakings" [syn:
         expansive, grand, heroic]
      5: showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously
         undertaken in desperation as a last resort; "made a last
         desperate attempt to reach the climber"; "the desperate
         gallantry of our naval task forces marked the turning point
         in the Pacific war"- G.C.Marshall; "they took heroic measures
         to save his life" [syn: desperate, heroic]
      n 1: a verse form suited to the treatment of heroic or elevated
           themes; dactylic hexameter or iambic pentameter [syn:
           heroic verse, heroic meter, heroic]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  195 Moby Thesaurus words for "heroic":
     Alcaic, Anacreontic, Atlantean, Brobdingnagian, Castalian,
     Cyclopean, Gargantuan, Herculean, Homeric, Hudibrastic, Pierian,
     Pindaric, Theocritean, abysmal, acknowledged, admitted, alto,
     altruistic, astronomic, audacious, august, bardic, baritone, bass,
     big, bighearted, bold, bold-spirited, brave, bravura, bucolic,
     chivalric, chivalrous, choral, choric, classical, coloratura,
     colossal, conventional, courageous, customary, cyclopean, daring,
     dauntless, desperate, determined, didactic, distinguished,
     dithyrambic, doughty, dramatic, drastic, eclogic, elegiac,
     elephantine, elevated, eminent, enormous, epic, established,
     exaggerated, exalted, extravagant, extreme, fabulous, falsetto,
     famous, fearless, fixed, folk, gallant, generous, giant, giantlike,
     gigantic, glorious, godlike, grand, grandiose, great,
     great of heart, greathearted, hallowed, handed down, handsome,
     hardy, herolike, high, high-minded, hoary, honorable, huge, hymnal,
     idealistic, idyllic, immemorial, immense, infinite, intrepid,
     inveterate, ironhearted, jumbo, knightlike, knightly, largehearted,
     lauded, legendary, liberal, lionhearted, liturgical, lofty,
     long-established, long-standing, lyric, magnanimous, magnificent,
     magniloquent, majestic, mammoth, manful, manly, mighty, miraculous,
     mock-heroic, monster, monstrous, monumental, mountainous,
     mythological, narrative, noble, noble-minded, of long standing,
     of the folk, openhanded, operatic, oral, pastoral, plucky, poetic,
     poetico-mystical, poetico-mythological, poetico-philosophic,
     poetlike, prescriptive, princely, prodigious, profound, prominent,
     psalmic, psalmodial, psalmodic, renowned, rhapsodic, rooted, runic,
     sacred, sapphic, singing, skaldic, soaring, soldierlike, soldierly,
     soprano, stalwart, staunch, steadfast, stout, stouthearted,
     stupendous, sublime, superb, tenor, time-honored, titanic,
     towering, traditional, treble, tremendous, tried and true,
     true-blue, unafraid, undaunted, understood, unwritten, upstanding,
     valiant, valorous, vast, venerable, virile, virtuous, vocal,
     wonderful, worshipful

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