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Those who live are those who fight.
Victor Hugo
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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] hērōs (hero) ← Homeric Greek ἥρως (demi-god), according to Plato derives from Eros.
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Modern etymologists, based on the work of Julius Pokorny, derive the word from Indo-European *ser-, "protect". A hero is a "protector" or "defender". Both the American Heritage Dictionary and Webster's Third International Dictionary take this view. In the works of Homer, the word is reserved to the chief warriors and captains. Words such as Hera and conserve come from the same root.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
hero

Plural
es

hero (es)
  1. A real or mythical person of great bravery who carries out extraordinary deeds.
  2. A role model.
  3. The main protagonist in a work of fiction.
  4. A champion.
  5. A large sandwich made from meats and cheeses.

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