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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Other Words from hero-worship

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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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 His is a work of political propaganda—an unalloyed instrument of myth-making and an exercise in hero worship. Benjamin Shull, WSJ, "Portraiture as Propaganda," 17 Aug. 2018 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

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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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