Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Heroic conduct or behavior.
  • n. Heroic characteristics or qualities; courage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The qualities characteristic of a hero, as courage, bravery, fortitude, unselfishness, etc.; the display of such qualities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The qualities characteristic of a hero, as courage, bravery, fortitude, unselfishness, etc.; the display of such qualities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The qualities of a hero, as courage, intrepidity, fortitude, etc.; heroic character or action.
  • n. Synonyms Valor, gallantry, daring, boldness, fearlessness. See brave and heroic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)

Etymologies

From French héroïsme. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "'Few nobler heroisms,' says a well-known writer, long occupied on this subject, 'at bottom, perhaps, _no nobler heroism_, ever transacted itself on this earth; and it lies as good as lost to us, overwhelmed under such an avalanche of human stupidities as no heroism before ever did.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847

  • But he did want to bring them into the White House so that he could personally thank them for what he calls heroism during that 11-day standoff with China.

    CNN Transcript May 18, 2001

  • Labanino, 46, is one of the Cuban Five, who have become a cause celebre in their homeland, daily lauded by the Cuban government for what it calls their heroism in purportedly helping derail attacks against the communist isle.

    Raw Story

  • Labanino, 46, is one of the Cuban Five, who have become a cause celebre in their homeland, daily lauded by the government for what it calls their heroism in purportedly helping derail attacks against the communist isle.

    Raw Story

  • Praising what he called the heroism that ended gunfire on the nation's largest army post, the president described the exchange that left 13 dead and 30 others wounded on Thursday a tragedy.

    Channel3000.com - Local News

  • WASHINGTON (November 7, 2009) -- President Barack Obama Saturday hailed what he called the heroism that ended the gunfire Thursday at Fort Hood.

    KWTX - HomePage - Headlines

  • Real heroism is refreshing for Sterner, a military historian in Pueblo who finds himself spending as much as 100 hours a week investigating phony veterans who claim high honors to boost their egos or line their pockets.

    Media Coverage aPRIL 2009

  • I and my collegues applaud the American tradition of TRUTH - and your questioning throughout our nation of claims of heroism is applaudable.

    BERNARD RAMSEY

  • Liu's heroism is all the more extraordinary as he knew what the Communist Party's reaction would be from personal experience.

    Thor Halvorssen: Human Rights Is Big Winner in Nobel Peace Prize Selection

  • And yet, if we study the Greeks, we know that heroes have very obvious strengths and very obvious weaknesses, and actually heroism is defined by the negotiation between these strengths and weaknesses.

    Ken Burns Adds to Baseball History with The Tenth Inning

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