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.

to feel or express hero worship for.

Origin of hero-worship

First recorded in 1880–85
Related formshe·ro-wor·ship·er, noun

hero worship


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

Origin of hero worship

First recorded in 1765–75
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hero worship


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

verb hero-worship, -ships, -shipping or -shipped or US -ships, -shiping or -shiped

(tr) to feel admiration or adulation for
Derived Formshero-worshipper, noun
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