heroism

[her-oh-iz-uhm]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. heroics,
  2. heroin,
  3. heroin chic,
  4. heroine,
  5. heroinism,
  6. heroize,
  7. heron,
  8. heron's-bill,
  9. heronry,
  10. herophilus

Origin of heroism

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

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British Dictionary definitions for heroism

heroism

noun

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

heroism

n.

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

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