antihero

[an-tee-heer-oh, an-tahy-]
noun, plural antiheroes.
a protagonist who lacks the attributes that make a heroic figure, as nobility of mind and spirit, a life or attitude marked by action or purpose, and the like.

Origin:
1705–15; anti- + hero

antiheroism [an-tee-her-oh-iz-uhm, an-tahy-] , noun
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antihero (ˈæntɪˌhɪərəʊ)
 
n , pl -roes
a central character in a novel, play, etc, who lacks the traditional heroic virtues

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antihero
also anti-hero; 1714, from anti- + hero.
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Example sentences for antiheroes
In the poem, the eponymous antiheroes use trickery to consume a great number of oysters.
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