• WordNet 3.6
    • n heroism the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle) "he showed great heroism in battle","he received a medal for valor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Heroism The qualities characteristic of a hero, as courage, bravery, fortitude, unselfishness, etc.; the display of such qualities. "Heroism is the self-devotion of genius manifesting itself in action."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n heroism The qualities of a hero, as courage, intrepidity, fortitude, etc.; heroic character or action.
    • n heroism Synonyms Valor, gallantry, daring, boldness, fearlessness. See brave and heroic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Heroism the qualities of a hero: courage: boldness
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  • Natalie Clifford Barney
    “Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.”
  • Charles H. Parkhurst
    Charles H. Parkhurst
    “Faith is the heroism of the intellect.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Heroism is the divine relation which, in all times, unites a great man to other men.”
  • Calvin Coolidge
    “Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. héroïsme,
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:

"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
As they floated along the river, they imagined themselves to be adventurers, bent on discovery and deeds of heroism.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
The man whom Berselius, with splendid heroism, had tried to save.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
But it is not the waste of blood that so appals, it's the waste of effort and the waste of heroism.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
There is an inexhaustible store of pathos and heroism in the tale of this disaster.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Even the heroism of the settler's wife was not for her.
"The Rhodesian" by Gertrude Page
In this emergency the heroism of woman was shown.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
The glamour of his heroism will blot out any taint of sin his mother may have put upon him.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
It was in this conflict that the heroism of John Brown developed.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
Her heroism was her crime.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

There is a heroism born of pain
Whose recompense in noble impulse lies;
And sometimes tears that e'en from grief did flow
Are changed to joy-drops in pathetic eyes.
"Compensation" by Henrietta Cordelia Ray
Or thee, Old Cause, when'er advancing;
All great Ideas, the races' aspirations,
All that exalts, releases thee, my Soul!
All heroisms, deeds of rapt enthusiasts,
Be ye my Gods!
"God" by Walt Whitman
This occurs more or less than it did in the past times.
There are statistics. There are no real statistics.
There is also no heroism. There is merely
Fatigue, pain, great confusion, sometimes recovery.
"Minor Litany" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Before she died, scores of suitors in marriage sought her hand;
But no, she'd rather live in Longstone light-house on Farne island,
And there she lived and died with her father and mother,
And for her equal in true heroism we cannot find another.
"Grace Darling or "The Wreck of the Forfarshire"" by William Topaz McGonagall
What may we chant, O thou within this tomb?
What tablets, pictures, hang for thee, O millionaire?
—The life thou lived'st we know not,
But that thou walk'dst thy years in barter, 'mid the haunts of
Nor heroism thine, nor war, nor glory.
"Brother Of All, With Generous Hand" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Heroism in Northeast Ohio.
Head Injury Prevents New Ulm Purple Heart Recipient from Remembering His Heroism .
In final act of heroism , soldier saves wife.
'Lincoln' shows there's heroism in compromise.
Maison des Canadiens marks D-Day heroism .
'Fukushima 50' Recount Quiet Heroism .
The PSEG Foundation and the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) are pleased to announce the availability of the 2012 application for the Dana Christmas Scholarship for Heroism .
The heroism of the White Rose.
Relaying 9/11 heroism to those too young to remember.
Tales of Sandy Hook heroism, young and old.
This rich, sweeping panorama of heroism and folly celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Culture, Banks's far-future semi-utopian society.
The writer, an admirer of Indian traditions of freedom and heroism, visits an old friend on the Pine Ridge Reservation, explores the place, and discovers a modern-day Indian hero.
Then there are the imposters , who often from zilch have created military honors, whole careers, records of heroism and splendid triumphs.
They think this is a brand of heroism, but it is probably the single biggest hallmark of incompetence .
Two new accounts of Polish suffering and heroism during World War II.