Definition of heroism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈherəˌwizəm/


Great bravery.
Example sentences
  • The heroism of the police is recognized by the coalition in medal ceremonies like this.
  • The story contrasts Asian and western concepts relating suicide and heroism.
  • There were periods of real heroism as Scotland tried to speed the game up, Gordon Simpson deciding to run a quick one at the outset.
bravery, courage, valor, intrepidity, boldness, daring, audacity, fearlessness, dauntlessness, pluck, stout-heartedness, lionheartedness;
backbone, spine, grit, spirit, mettle;
gallantry, chivalry
informal guts, spunk, balls, cojones, moxie


Early 18th century: from French héroïsme, from héros, from Latin heros (see hero).

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Syllabification: her·o·ism

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