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hero worship



  1. a profound reverence for great people or their memory.
  2. extravagant or excessive admiration for a personal hero.



[ heer-oh-wur-ship ]

verb (used with object)

, he·ro-wor·shiped, he·ro-wor·ship·ing or (especially British) he·ro-wor·shipped, he·ro-wor·ship·ping.
  1. to feel or express hero worship for.

hero worship


  1. admiration for heroes or idealized persons
  2. worship by the ancient Greeks and Romans of heroes


  1. tr to feel admiration or adulation for

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Derived Forms

  • ˈhero-ˌworshipper, noun

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Other Words From

  • hero-worship·er noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hero worship1

First recorded in 1765–75

Origin of hero worship2

First recorded in 1880–85

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Example Sentences

In recent years, the American food media has become more aware of its tendency to indulge in hero worship.

From Eater

Devoid of insight and ricocheting between dull vulgarity and vacuous hero worship, the show, which had its official opening Wednesday at the Longacre Theatre, is less edifying than a scroll through the archives of the tabloids.

The near-hero-worship in Washington rests on a fundamental misunderstanding of Israeli politics itself.

It is to hero-worship players while considering them disposable as human beings.

Pushing people to their limit wins you respect and a dose of hero worship.

Perhaps he is a little conscious of his charm; if so, it is hardly his fault, for hero-worship has been his lot from boyhood.

Eric learned a great deal of harm from Upton, and the misapplied hero-worship led to bad results.

The Homeric age is one which had outgrown ancestor and hero worship, and had not, like the age of the Cyclics, relapsed into it.

He is for that reason ready also to admire men of action, and is wide open for the influences of hero-worship.

Hero worship, this, which enlarges one's self through the admiration given to another.





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