Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French héroïsme.

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 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 Cuban government for what it calls their heroism in purportedly helping derail attacks against the communist isle.

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • 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

  • 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.

    China Post Online - Taiwan , News , Taiwan newspaper

  • 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.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • 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 Cuban government for what it calls their heroism in purportedly helping derail attacks against the communist isle.

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

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