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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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  • The manner of men's hero-worship, verily the innermost fact of their existence, determining all the rest.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • The latter was closely bound up with polytheism and hero-worship.

  • He had felt it before, this hero-worship, and he recognised it again.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • Every extravagance of hagiology can be found in hero-worship.

  • If he would but believe in the people, divide his faith in hero-worship with masses, also.

    Concord Days A. Bronson Alcott
  • Whatever his peculiarities, he certainly did not stint his hero-worship.

    Tom Slade on the River Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • It was simply that he was filled with hero-worship for Pyotr Stepanovitch, whom he had only lately met.

    The Possessed Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • For hero-worship was necessary to Sibyl, but not a hero—only that she should consider him one.

    A Devotee Mary Cholmondeley
  • It was the noble instinct of hero-worship, always keen in humanity when the real hero comes to awaken it to life.

    George Washington, Vol. II Henry Cabot Lodge
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
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