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Post by Jamstealer » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:06 pm

Hero is a perfectly good word to describe either male or female. Heroine just makes it gender specific, which ( especially since we have a female name in this case), is not necessary.

The only time ( by convention) that they are distinguished is in theatre, where they are used to distinguish make and female lead characters


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Post by kitcarman » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:16 pm

I must be a little older, as I was told the two had different meanings.

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Post by Jamstealer » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:49 pm

OED;
Hero: A person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Heroine: A woman admired for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Heroine is a subset of Hero: can be used if further amplification is felt necessary; largely archaic in modern UK, US, and International English.





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