from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To revere as an ideal.
- transitive v. To adulate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The worship of heroes, practised by ancient nations of antiquity; hence, reverence paid to heroes or great men, or to their memory.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol
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Lacking any argument of any substance, the troll is reduced to pretending that exaggerrated caricatures of hero-worship are real, for the purpose of ridiculing the straw characters who hold those phony beliefs.
Now this is no doubt a very comforting idea for those of us who harbor fantasies of romantic individualism and hero-worship, but I don't think it's the way architecture actually gets made in the real world.
Stroud (the Bartimaeus Trilogy) explores the consequences behind legend-worthy acts of glory and the power and peril of blind faith and hero-worship.
Together, Hilliard and Rathman produce a sagacious survey of the tradition of hero-worship, and foster insightful tension between conventional and unorthodox imagery of virility.
Mr. Jeal is similarly generous to the demons that drove Henry Morton Stanley and puts his search for, and hero-worship of, Livingstone in context, making his famous staged meeting, "resplendent in pith helmet and white flannels," mounted on a stallion, with the Stars and Stripes flying, touching and admirable rather than vainglorious.
Thomas Carlyle, in his lectures on heroes and hero-worship, assembled a team whose members might also have set off dismay in Carshalton.
Heroes are seldom given to hero-worship, but among those of that young land, young as he was, he was accounted an elder hero.
So they project some weird hero-worship characteristcis on us.
But will it inspire kids to continue their hero-worship into adolescence?
To mention Neil Simon, a competent play constructor and joke writer, but nothing more, when speaking of Sondheim, whom I wish I couldn't hero-worship, is sacrilege.