heroism
noun Date: 1717 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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  • Heroism — Her o*ism (?; 277), n. [F. h[ e]ro[ i]sme.] The qualities characteristic of a hero, as courage, bravery, fortitude, unselfishness, etc.; the display of such qualities. [1913 Webster] Heroism is the self devotion of genius manifesting itself in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • heroism — [n] bravery boldness, courage, courageousness, daring, doughtiness, fearlessness, fortitude, gallantry, intrepidity, nobility, prowess, spirit, strength, valiance, valiancy, valor, valorousness; concepts 411,633 Ant. cowardice, fear, meekness,… …   New thesaurus

  • heroism — ► NOUN ▪ great bravery …   English terms dictionary

  • heroism — [her′ō iz΄əm] n. [Fr héroisme] the qualities and actions of a hero or heroine; bravery, nobility, valor, etc …   English World dictionary

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  • heroism — /her oh iz euhm/, n. 1. the qualities or attributes of a hero or heroine: He showed great heroism in battle. 2. heroic conduct; courageous action: Pat s returning into the burning building was true heroism. [1660 70; HERO + ISM; cf. F héroïsme]… …   Universalium

  • heroism — n. to demonstrate, display heroism * * * [ herəʊɪz(ə)m] display heroism to demonstrate …   Combinatory dictionary

  • heroism — [[t]he̱roʊɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT Heroism is great courage and bravery. ...individual acts of heroism …   English dictionary

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