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[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.
Origin of hero-worship
First recorded in 1880-85
Related forms
hero-worshiper, noun

hero worship

a profound reverence for great people or their memory.
extravagant or excessive admiration for a personal hero.
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Carlyle, in the theory of hero-worship, has made capital use of Boswell.

    James Boswell William Keith Leask
  • The latter was closely bound up with polytheism and hero-worship.

  • Every extravagance of hagiology can be found in hero-worship.

  • Blessed, thrice blessed, is it to find that hero-worship is not yet passed away!

    Daily Thoughts Charles Kingsley
  • The most famous course, on hero-worship, was delivered in May, 1840.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore
  • hero-worship done differently in every different epoch of the world.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • His dislike of Ericson was not exclusively and altogether because of Helena's hero-worship.

    The Dictator

    Justin McCarthy
  • Her admiration for him had gradually grown into hero-worship.

  • hero-worship is characteristic of youthful, progressive peoples.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
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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