• WordNet 3.6
    • v hero-worship love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol "Many teenagers idolized the Beatles"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hero-worship The worship of heroes, practised by ancient nations of antiquity; hence, reverence paid to heroes or great men, or to their memory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hero-worship the worship of heroes: excessive admiration of great men
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through O. Fr. and L. from Gr. hērōs; akin to L. vir, A.S. wer, a man, Sans. víra, a hero.


In literature:

But there is something philosophic in the worship of the heroes of the human race, and the true hero is the benefactor.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Borrow
Eric learned a great deal of harm from Upton, and the misapplied hero-worship led to bad results.
"Eric, or Little by Little" by Frederic W. Farrar
But there is something philosophic in the worship of the heroes of the human race, and the true hero is the benefactor.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
Back-patting, or just hero worship?
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
His call of recognition came as he ran towards the object of his hero-worship, and he ran with all his might.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
That is the good manners he is teaching; light-headed, hero-worshipping, free-thinker that he is.
"Bonaventure" by George Washington Cable
His photograph would be in the papers; Miss Spratt would worship him; he would be a hero in his City office.
"Once a Week" by Alan Alexander Milne
But the people of Italy worshiped this general beyond all their other heroes.
"Historic Boyhoods" by Rupert Sargent Holland
These hero-worshipers were for a time victorious.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
It was also the expression of a young man's sincere hero-worship.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
But Jim's new chum gave him his first opportunity at hero-worship, which is an essential step in a boy's growth.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
I kept his memory green until I had passed the first age of hero worship.
"High Adventure" by James Norman Hall
In the history of the development of science there are many men well worthy of hero worship.
"Adequate Preparation for the Teacher of Biological Sciences in Secondary Schools" by James Daley McDonald
Never was a hero so worshiped as this proven one.
"The Mermaid of Druid Lake and Other Stories" by Charles Weathers Bump
In Carlyle's "Hero Worship" and in his philosophy of history, the progress of the world is summarized under the stories of great men.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
One corollary was the famous doctrine of "hero worship" first expounded in his lectures.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
One had only to lie cleverly to them and forthwith they fell flat in fits of hero-worship.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
The value of hero-worship.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
This was the moral of the lectures on 'Hero-Worship' (1840).
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. VIII" by Various
Boshko had a great faculty for hero worship, and recommended several of the objects of his admiration to me as likely to make suitable husbands.
"Through the Land of the Serb" by Mary Edith Durham

In news:

GRAND PRAIRIE — The old saying that you should "Worship your heroes from afar — contact withers them" could have been written about Bob Dylan in concert.
It's starting to return to Bolivar Peninsula which, in my book, puts it right up there into hero-worship status.
Hero worship is a precarious thing.
From Thomas Carlyle's Heroes and Hero-Worship in History.
Here are 20 hero-worship highlights of Broadwell's biography.
'All In' reviews hinted at Broadwell's ' hero-worship '.
Liefeld Twitter War & HERO WORSHIP .
Anderson Cooper and hero worship .
Liefeld Twitter War & HERO WORSHIP.
Anderson Cooper and hero worship.
It has been a weekend to ponder the price of hero worship, the value of sinking hope and belief into an icon on the basis of wins and losses and perceived virtue.
Black Panther s and their white hero-worshipers.
I've shed my hero worship of smart lawyers.
I make no bones about, I have a case of hero worship for former US Senator, retire Marine fighter pilot, test pilot and two-time astronaut John Glenn .
Knowing the pugnacious hero-worship that B. H Haggin inspires, I was not surprised either by the number or the fervor of the negative responses to my review of his Music Observed.