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.
- 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.
- The frank bearing, fortitude and self-sacrificing heroism of the best type of the soldierly character find expression in the persons of Achilles, Telamon and Eurypylus; and a dignified and passionate tenderness of feeling makes itself heard in the lyrical utterances of Cassandra and Andromache.