antihero etymology

English word antihero comes from English anti-, English hero

Detailed word origin of antihero

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anti- English (eng) (immunology) That reacts with immunoglobins found in the specified animal.. Against, hostile to.. Contrasting with the norm.. Counteracting, neutralizing.. Opposite of, reverse.. Physically opposite: applied to mountain ranges.. Related to antiparticles.
hero English (eng) (US) A large sandwich made from meats and cheeses; a hero sandwich.. (food styling, chiefly, attributive) The product chosen from several candidates to be photographed.. (poker) The current player, especially an hypothetical player for example and didactic purposes. Compare: . Not to be confused with .. A role model.. Somebody who possesses great bravery and carries out extraordinary deeds.. [...]
antihero English (eng) (literature, RPG) A protagonist who proceeds in an unheroic manner, such as by criminal means, via cowardly actions, or for mercenary goals.

Words with the same origin as antihero

Descendants of anti-
antacid anti antianxiety antibacterial antichrist anticlimax anticrime antidepressant antifreeze antigovernment antihistamine antimatter antineoplaston antioxidant antipersonnel antiperspirant antipsychotic antisocial antitank antitrust antivenin antivenom antiviral antivirus