the qualities or attributes of a hero or heroine: He showed great heroism in battle.
heroic conduct; courageous action: Pat's returning into the burning building was true heroism.

Origin of heroism

1660–70; hero + -ism; compare French héroïsme

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the state or quality of being a hero
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Word Origin and History for heroism

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

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