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Is there a difference in how you pronounce the drug and the female hero?

Like, for instance, if I see a movie with a great actress and I want to say to my friend

That was the best heroine I have ever seen.

Can it be confused with

That was the best heroin I have ever seen.

?

Or will my friend consider me a junkie?

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Use she, not that with heroine. Also, I doubt you'd use see with heroin. –  Matt Эллен Jun 9 at 11:08

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Is there a difference in how you pronounce the drug and the female hero?

Not really. Some ideolects might distinguish them, but they are both listed as "Brit. /ˈhɛrəʊɪn/ , U.S. /ˈhɛrəwən/" by the OED, and similarly by other dictionaries.

And for that matter, they are both formed from hero + -ine, though different cases of the -ine suffix in each.

Or will my friend consider me a junkie?

Not terribly likely, because there aren't many contexts in which they are confusable, unless perhaps you express a desire to inject Joan of Arc or smoke Wonder Woman.

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