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


Definition of hero worship (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from hero-worship


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But asking them feels right in line with the series-long quest to interrogate the all-American project of unthinking hero worship. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 June 2022 If Zelenskyy represents a democratic hero, it should nonetheless be remembered that democracy does not need – and should not seek – the sorts of hero worship that authoritarians like Putin demand. Michael Blake, The Conversation, 4 Mar. 2022 Devoid of insight and ricocheting between dull vulgarity and vacuous hero worship, the show, which had its official opening Wednesday at the Longacre Theatre, is less edifying than a scroll through the archives of the tabloids. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 In selecting Shiraz, a city in the southwest of Iran, Farhadi wanted to build a bridge between his contemporary saga about a man put on a pedestal and hero worship in antiquity. Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 Chinese hero worship is impressive to witness — and surreal to experience when your grandmother is the one being revered. Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2021 Other fans have likewise defended the books by pointing to Herbert's numerous quotes about how his series is intended as a cautionary tale against zealotry, idolization, and hero worship. Jeva Lange, The Week, 14 Oct. 2021 Organizers promise that this anniversary won't all involve hero worship of the Founding Fathers and won't turn a blind eye to the slavery that steered South Carolina's history for 400 years. Arkansas Online, 27 Nov. 2021 The Couric episode highlights the perils of hero worship. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hero-worship


1574, in the meaning defined above


1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hero-worship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hero-worship. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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