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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The victims often showed considerable heroism in being willing to take steps toward a different kind of future. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "A scholar of forgiveness explains what makes a good public apology for sexual misconduct," 24 Sep. 2018 The Waffle House killing, by contrast, is a story of heroism and small miracles in a mass shooting — a tragedy rarely ended with bystander intervention. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. met with Parkland students — over breakfast at Denny’s," 13 May 2018 At one end of the literary spectrum lie the front-line stories, real and imagined, that leave lasting images of epic heroism. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, "‘Spearhead’ Review: Beyond the Front Lines," 15 Feb. 2019 By morning, the water had begun to recede, but that was just the beginning Tran's heroism. Joy Sewing, Houston Chronicle, "Executive spurred to action after his house becomes a shelter for neighbors," 19 June 2018 Darrell Larson portrays him, these many years later, as a penitent figure who might just have some heroism inside. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "'The Ballad of Bimini Baths' plunges into L.A. history," 15 June 2018 Raborn commended Norman’s heroism in caring for the injured. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 27, 1954: Explosion rips carrier Bennington," 27 May 2018 Community members, victims and survivors of last year's fatal stabbings on a MAX train will gather Saturday afternoon at the Hollywood Transit Center to honor the dead and the moments of heroism that emerged. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, "MAX anniversary ceremony will honor 'heroes,' the dead and the community outpouring," 25 May 2018 The incident hasn’t been viewed as a cautionary tale for many, but as an act of heroism. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Teen "Egg Boy" Will Connolly Went Viral for Egging a Senator. Now, He Plans to Donate to Christchurch Mosque Shooting Victims," 18 Mar. 2019

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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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