Hero worship

Hero worship
Hero He"ro, n.; pl. {Heroes}. [F. h['e]ros, L. heros, Gr. ?.] 1. (Myth.) An illustrious man, supposed to be exalted, after death, to a place among the gods; a demigod, as Hercules. [1913 Webster]

2. A man of distinguished valor or enterprise in danger, or fortitude in suffering; a prominent or central personage in any remarkable action or event; hence, a great or illustrious person. [1913 Webster]

Each man is a hero and oracle to somebody. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

3. The principal personage in a poem, story, and the like, or the person who has the principal share in the transactions related; as Achilles in the Iliad, Ulysses in the Odyssey, and [AE]neas in the [AE]neid. [1913 Webster]

The shining quality of an epic hero. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Hero worship}, extravagant admiration for great men, likened to the ancient worship of heroes. [1913 Webster] 1

Hero worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally among mankind. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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