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[her-oh-iz-uh m] /ˈhɛr oʊˌɪz əm/
the qualities or attributes of a hero or heroine:
He showed great heroism in battle.
heroic conduct; courageous action:
Pat's returning into the burning building was true heroism.
Origin of heroism
1660-70; hero + -ism; compare French héroïsme
1. intrepidity, valor, prowess, gallantry, bravery, courage, daring, fortitude.
1. cowardice, timidity. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for heroism
  • The first reports were of a doomed flight salvaged at the last moment by quick thinking and heroism.
  • His personal travails and heroism are, however, worthy of our enduring respect.
  • But relying on the heroism of lone coders has its cost.
  • In relevant stories, heroism is muted, though may be implied.
  • But even now their story remains uniquely compelling, unduplicated for heroism and adventure.
  • Not for his nobility of character nor for his heroism.
  • The history of naval technology is a sweeping epic of triumph and tragedy, heroism and defeat, war and peace.
  • The emblem of yesterday's architectural heroism has become an icon for the insecurities of today's urban planners.
  • Thanks for reminding us that heroism comes in many forms.
  • In order to insure that the tools of privacy are available to all, individual acts of heroism are required.
British Dictionary definitions for heroism


the state or quality of being a hero
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for heroism

1717, from French héroisme, from heros (see hero (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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