Origin of heroismFrench héroisme
Heroism is defined as bravery and selflessness.
When a fireman rushes into a fire and risks his life to save a child, this is an example of heroism.
- Heroic conduct or behavior.
- Heroic characteristics or qualities; courage.
(countable and uncountable, plural heroisms)
- The qualities characteristic of a hero, as courage, bravery, fortitude, unselfishness, etc.; the display of such qualities.
From French héroïsme.
- Froit that time the heroism of the monarch appeared to die out.
- The army is burning with a spirit of heroism and the leaders, so to say, have now assembled in council.
- Stevenson vividly describes the heroism of the captain and crew.
- But the antagonistic interests of the two countries in Germany during the Thirty Years' War precipitated a fourth contest between them (1643-45), in which Denmark would have been utterly ruined but for the heroism of King Christian IV.
- During his year of office, the heroism with which he worked hand in hand with his old enemy, Bishop Strachan, in fighting an attack of cholera, did not prevent him from winning much unpopularity by his officiousness, and in 1835 he was not re-elected either as mayor or alderman.