her·​o·​ism | \ ˈher-ə-ˌwi-zəm How to pronounce heroism (audio) , ˈhe-rə- also ˈhir-\

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

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Examples of heroism in a Sentence

women who showed heroism by fighting for their right to vote the inspiring heroism of the firefighters who risked their lives to save the people trapped in the burning building

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But their music was more than a revolution in the head, and their heroism cannot be erased by the reunification of Germany or the gentrification of Berlin. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘Burning Down the Haus’ Review: East German Punks," 20 Sep. 2018 Despite a Stars and Stripes story about his heroism on Hill 861, Sauer was largely forgotten by the Marines and the larger public for nearly a half-century. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "His valor forgotten for a half-century, Marine killed in action to receive battlefield award," 23 Apr. 2018 But, for all the moments where we are unsettled by reminders of McGowan’s confidence in her own heroism, we are given equal chances to reflect on our own bristling toward it. Dayna Evans, Cosmopolitan, "Rose McGowan’s Citizen Rose Will Rub Some People the Wrong Way. Too Bad.," 30 Jan. 2018 Donald Trump used his sacrifice, his heroism, and his patriotism as a platform for political slander. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The 'Pocahontas' Nonsense Matters," 28 Nov. 2017 Wartime Polish-Jewish interaction was marked both by heroism and horror, predominantly... WSJ, "The History of the Jews in Poland Is Complex," 7 Mar. 2019 This might not be a week for the kind of heroism that burns hot and shines bright. Jenny Sharaf, The Cut, "Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of July 2," 2 July 2018 Their brand of humble heroism is the only good thing that happened that day. Ronnie Polaneczky, Philly.com, "'Some disasters stand out.' Firefighters remember the Salvation Army collapse | Ronnie Polaneczky," 5 June 2018 The public is invited to explore the museum and experience a film, lecture and personal account of heroism at Holocaust Remembrance Day. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "South Euclid's Mercury Theatre Co. celebrates 20 years; 'Pinocchio' starts new season June 1," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of heroism

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of heroism was in 1672

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English Language Learners Definition of heroism

: great courage


her·​o·​ism | \ ˈher-ə-ˌwi-zəm How to pronounce heroism (audio) \

Kids Definition of heroism

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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an act or instance of returning to life

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