hero-worship

verb
he·​ro-wor·​ship | \ ˈhir-(ˌ)ō-ˌwər-ship How to pronounce hero-worship (audio) \
hero-worshipped also hero-worshiped; hero-worshipping also hero-worshiping; hero-worships

Definition of hero-worship

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to feel or express hero worship for

hero worship

noun

Definition of hero worship (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : veneration of a hero
2 : foolish or excessive adulation for an individual

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Verb

hero-worshipper noun

Examples of hero-worship in a Sentence

Noun

He objects to the unthinking hero worship of great athletes by their fans. once the object of uncritical hero worship, the aging quarterback now faces the derision of his team's fickle fans

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The explanation: Peppa is clearly a gay pop icon who deserves hero worship. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Peppa Pig became an LGBTQ icon," 29 July 2019 The hero worship has a slippery quality here, with a less cheerful purpose than the sincere devotion of Homecoming or Into the Spider-Verse. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "From Spider-Man to Midsommar, 10 movies to see this Fourth of July weekend," 5 July 2019 The hero worship has a slippery quality here, with a less cheerful purpose than the sincere devotion of Homecoming or Into the Spider-Verse. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "From Spider-Man to Midsommar, 10 movies to see this Fourth of July weekend," 5 July 2019 The hero worship has a slippery quality here, with a less cheerful purpose than the sincere devotion of Homecoming or Into the Spider-Verse. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "From Spider-Man to Midsommar, 10 movies to see this Fourth of July weekend," 5 July 2019 The hero worship has a slippery quality here, with a less cheerful purpose than the sincere devotion of Homecoming or Into the Spider-Verse. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "From Spider-Man to Midsommar, 10 movies to see this Fourth of July weekend," 5 July 2019 The hero worship has a slippery quality here, with a less cheerful purpose than the sincere devotion of Homecoming or Into the Spider-Verse. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 24 June 2018 Much of this, of course, is childhood fabrication; puerile hero worship leaving an indelible mark on my memory. Aram Mrjoian, Longreads, "Bearing the Weight of My Grandfathers’ Old Clothes," 15 June 2019 Teenage hero worship is not only used as bait but an established tactic far after R. Kelly has gained control over another young woman. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of hero-worship

Verb

1574, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hero-worship was in 1574

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hero worship

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hero worship

: foolish or excessive admiration of someone

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