folk hero


: a person who is greatly admired by many people of a particular kind or in a particular place
He has become a folk hero in his home state because of the work he has done to help poor children.

Examples of folk hero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bushnell’s fatal protest turned him into an instant folk hero among some anti-war and pro-Palestinian activists. Hannah Allam, Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2024 DiMaggio, a center fielder known as the Yankee Clipper, remains a folk hero. Frederic J. Frommer, Kansas City Star, 18 Feb. 2024 By then, Michael was already well on his way to becoming, for some, a local folk hero. Molly Langmuir, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024 Gypsy Rose Blanchard is far from the first criminal, alleged or otherwise, to be valorized as a folk hero on the internet. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 6 Jan. 2024 Yay, meme-stock speculators!), but Dano is perfectly cast as the basement investor/everyman/folk hero Keith Gill, a.k.a. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2023 And Maggie's dog Bubba, who helped prosecutors prove Alex was actually at the crime scene, has become a local folk hero. Nikki Battiste, CBS News, 25 Nov. 2023 Overnight, the shop’s owner became a folk hero for a community that has felt beaten down and frightened amid a surge in overt antisemitism. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023 The life of a right-wing folk hero can be a busy (and profitable) one. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 8 Sep. 2023

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“Folk hero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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