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

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
Recent Examples on the Web This barroom–stock market environment is the turf of hustlers — minus the comic heroism of 1930s newspaper movies. Armond White, National Review, 10 June 2022 People across Texas and the U.S. have been reminded this week—with or without Abbott’s help—of the heroism of teachers. Katie Reilly, Time, 27 May 2022 The heroism of the group of elderly parishioners, authorities say, likely saved dozens of lives. Claire Wang, NBC News, 17 May 2022 The ceremony recognized the heroism of people in the profession, including journalist Austin Tice, who was captured while reporting in Syria a decade ago, and members of the industry who have lost their lives in Ukraine. Kara Alaimo, CNN, 1 May 2022 But the early heroism of the Black company didn’t lead to many more positions or spots in white firehouses. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, 17 Apr. 2022 This line of critique highlighted the gap between gameplay and narrative, pointing out that the heroism of video game protagonists hardly matched the player experience of murdering hundreds of digital puppets. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2022 Among the countless ins and outs of the war in Ukraine, the heroism of the speeches and public appearances of President Volodymyr Zelensky stands out as something unlikely to be revised by history. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 13 Mar. 2022 The plight of refugees and the heroism of Ukrainian leaders and citizens comes to us in a fashion that is impossible for the world to ignore. Howard Homonoff, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of heroism

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Heroism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heroism. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for heroism


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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