Definition of heroism in English:



  • Great bravery.

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