heroism

noun her·o·ism \ ˈher-ə-ˌwi-zəm , ˈhe-rə- also ˈhir- \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

Definition of heroism

1 : heroic conduct especially as exhibited in fulfilling a high purpose or attaining a noble end
2 : the qualities of a hero

Examples of heroism in a Sentence

  1. women who showed heroism by fighting for their right to vote

  2. the inspiring heroism of the firefighters who risked their lives to save the people trapped in the burning building

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First Known Use of heroism

1672

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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HEROISM Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of heroism for English Language Learners

  • : great courage


HEROISM Defined for Kids

heroism

noun her·o·ism \ ˈher-ə-ˌwi-zəm \

Definition of heroism for Students

1 : behavior showing great courage especially for a noble purpose
  • the heroism of soldiers
2 : the qualities of a hero
  • We honor the heroism of our forefathers.


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