an·ti·he·ro (ăntē-hîr′ō, ăntī-)
n. pl. an·ti·he·roes
A main character in a dramatic or narrative work who is characterized by a lack of traditional heroic qualities, such as idealism or courage.
an′ti·her·oic (-hĭ-rōĭk) adj.
an′ti·hero·ism (-hĕrō-ĭz′əm) n.
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