he·​ro-wor·​ship | \ˈhir-(ˌ)ō-ˌwər-ship \
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

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hero-worshipper noun

Examples of hero-worship in a Sentence


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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Iterations range from modest statements, like Schoolhouse Electric’s Totem Candles, to expressions of hero worship, like the Sass Side Table, from Brooklyn company Souda. Tim Gavan, WSJ, "A Totem Pole for Your Home? The Rise of ‘Spiritual’ Design," 29 June 2018 In place of the old boys’ club, hero worship, and hewing to the establishment, architecture needs more women, more people of color, more people who are non-binary, more people who are LGBTQI, and more people who have disabilities. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How architecture can rebuild itself post #MeToo," 21 May 2018 For my generation, there’s a bit of hero worship that went along with Sam. Peter Libbey, New York Times, "Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano to Star in ‘True West’ on Broadway," 20 Mar. 2018 While Brennan did not cite any evidence, Trump's warm relationship with Putin is a puzzle and at times has verged on hero worship -- even as US-Russia relations have plummeted. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Is Trump's silence on Putin, Daniels telling?," 27 Mar. 2018 Dawn’s hero worship of Bill is complicated by their having slept together. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Chris Evans and Michael Cera Tell Lies to Live by in ‘Lobby Hero’," 26 Mar. 2018 There’s a scene in which the character is wheeled onto the ice before a Bruins game, where the crowd smothers him with hero worship. A.o. Scott & Wesley Morris, New York Times, "The 10 Best Actors of the Year," 7 Dec. 2017 But dialogue about his hero worship only feels like lip service to positive beliefs that Justice League's creators don't know how to effectively dramatize. Simon Abrams, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why Can't Anyone Get Superman Right?," 19 Nov. 2017 Whether out of despair, hero worship or budding ideological conviction, Pema makes up her mind to leave home and join Choeden and others on a long walk to freedom. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Barley Fields on the Other Side of the Mountain': Film Review | Mumbai 2017," 23 Oct. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hero worship

: foolish or excessive admiration of someone

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