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hero worship

a profound reverence for great people or their memory.
extravagant or excessive admiration for a personal hero.
Origin of hero worship


[heer-oh-wur-ship] /ˈhɪər oʊˌwɜr ʃɪp/
verb (used with object), hero-worshiped, hero-worshiping or (especially British) hero-worshipped, hero-worshipping.
to feel or express hero worship for.
Related forms
hero-worshiper, noun Unabridged
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  • So the boys had bought him cheap; and now presented him in due and ancient form to Dan Rorke, as a pledge of their hero worship.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • Carlyle's theory of "hero worship" has fewer adherents than for half a century.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • Here again was a little morsel of hero worship, which, though based on a misconception of fact, was still of influence.

    The Man Bram Stoker
  • This was a piece of hero worship that he, naturally, could not enthuse over.

    In the Whirl of the Rising Bertram Mitford
  • The element of hero worship prompts them to demand that the leader shall "do things."

    Principles of Teaching Adam S. Bennion
  • But among any crowd of real boys, it is the limit of hero worship.

    A Boy Knight Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott
  • In the history of the development of science there are many men well worthy of hero worship.

  • Mark this girl and follow her, for she is worthy of your hero worship.

  • Now every one looked at Fred, but these were congratulatory glances, with a bit of hero worship about them.

    Under Fire Frank A. Munsey
British Dictionary definitions for hero worship

hero worship

admiration for heroes or idealized persons
worship by the ancient Greeks and Romans of heroes
verb hero-worship, -ships, -shipping, -shipped (US) -ships, -shiping, -shiped
(transitive) to feel admiration or adulation for
Derived Forms
hero-worshipper, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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