antiheroine

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anti- +‎ heroine.

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antiheroine (plural antiheroines)

  1. (literature, gaming) A female protagonist who proceeds in an unheroic manner, such as by criminal means, via cowardly actions, or for mercenary goals; a female antihero.
    • 2009 January 18, Charles Isherwood, “Hedda Forever: An Antiheroine for the Ages”:
      Since she sprang from the imagination of the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen in 1890, this coldhearted antiheroine has maintained a tight grip on the attention of audiences across the globe, outstripping all the many other complicated women in Ibsen’s oeuvre, even the door-slamming Nora of “A Doll’s House”.

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