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heroism

[her-oh-iz-uh m] /ˈhɛr oʊˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
the qualities or attributes of a hero or heroine:
He showed great heroism in battle.
2.
heroic conduct; courageous action:
Pat's returning into the burning building was true heroism.
Origin of heroism
1660-1670
1660-70; hero + -ism; compare French héroïsme
Synonyms
1. intrepidity, valor, prowess, gallantry, bravery, courage, daring, fortitude.
Antonyms
1. cowardice, timidity.
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heroism

/ˈhɛrəʊˌɪzəm/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being a hero
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Word Origin and History for heroism
n.

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

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