A word that has recently been overused in the American English vocabulary. It has been automatically bestowed upon people in the law enforcement, armed forces, or fire/rescue services, as well as presidents. I.e. police officers, soldiers, and fire fighters and paramedics. A hero, however, does not require wearing a uniform or be involved in such professions listed above.

The basic definition of a hero is one who does not recognize such declarations bestowed upon them by others and accomplishes an act or acts which are deemed extraordinary and exceeds the call of duty. This act or acts usually involves the intention or consequence of saving another person(s) life or rescuing another from impending harm.
"Did you hear what Tony did? He jumped into a pool of alligators and rescued a little girl. He is such a hero! And to think I never noticed him in the accounting department!", fawns the blonde bombshell to her voluptuous and stacked brunette friend.
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Defined in the movie Serenity:

A hero is someone who gets a lot of OTHER people killed.
by Alfie The Horndog December 27, 2005
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A professional athlete who leaves his large paychecks for a place on the front lines of our country's defense.
Pat Tillman, 1977-2004
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Someone who helps without anything expected in return. Their gesture may be big or small, profound or not, it doesn't make im' any less of a hero.
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one who lays down his own life so that others can live
the blood that has forever stained the beaches of Normandy, is the blood of heroes
by grundle October 18, 2003
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a word used by motorcyclists to describe a motor vehicle driver who is driving slow on purpose an trying to stop the motorcyclist from speeding and intern saving his life. That is why he is a hero.
A car tried to hero me as i role at illegal speeds on the road
by Daviejones July 4, 2011
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A man or women willing to sacrifice themself to help others without the consideration of there own safety.
"Those who face fire without fear or armor.Those who step into the darkness without assurances of ever walking out again, because they know there are others waiting in the dark, Awaiting salvation."
by Sebastian February 21, 2004
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