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[mass noun] Great bravery.‘they fought with exemplary heroism’
bravery, braveness, courage, courageousness, valour, valiance, intrepidity, intrepidness, boldness, daring, audacity, audaciousness, fearlessness, doughtiness, dauntlessness, pluck, indomitability, stout-heartedness, lionheartednessbackbone, spine, spirit, fortitude, mettle, gallantry, chivalryguts, grit, spunk, gutsinessbottle, ballsinessmoxie, cojones, sandballsView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Each run involved a journey through the hellish smoke and back, but David's heroism had paid off.’
- ‘So I'm not surprised that she can't enjoy her own heroism and wrestles with enormous survivor guilt.’
- ‘You will discover riches within yourself that you cannot conceive of, acts of heroism that will take your breath away.’
- ‘But it is the emerging heroism of Hecuba that Castle may find most inspiring.’
- ‘The heroism displayed was of an extraordinary nature, and obviously great damage was done to the German war effort.’
- ‘Though Giles Radice does not say so, this is clearly a form of political heroism which has hitherto been overlooked.’
- ‘Somewhat more surprising is that some find inspiration for heroism.’
- ‘And yes, there's plenty of that stoicism and quiet heroism around, and it was on display today.’
- ‘Bung Karno was drawn to paintings depicting heroism because he was always engaged in struggle.’
- ‘Yet despite his heroism, Freeman also stirred up storms of controversy.’
- ‘The story contrasts Asian and western concepts relating suicide and heroism.’
- ‘We have had mass deaths before, mass suffering, and we have seen heroism in its face.’
- ‘Tales of such heroism and sacrifice are common to all cultures of course.’
- ‘The famed leading officer earned the VC for various different acts of heroism, rather than one single act.’
- ‘One thing about his father is that he neither wanted nor accepted heroism as a birth right.’
- ‘The presence of two Maori and three women in this book confirm that heroism is independent of race and gender.’
- ‘He himself didn't find out about his dad's heroism until years later, when he read the story in a newspaper article.’
- ‘The heroism glamorised by Wolfe and Kaufman was of the balls-out variety.’
- ‘The heroism of the police is recognized by the coalition in medal ceremonies like this.’
Early 18th century: from French héroïsme, from héros, from Latin heros (see hero).
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