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[her-oh-iz-uh m] /ˈhɛr oʊˌɪz əm/

the qualities or attributes of a hero or heroine:
He showed great heroism in battle.
heroic conduct; courageous action:
Pat’s returning into the burning building was true heroism.
the state or quality of being a hero

1717, from French héroisme, from heros (see hero (n.1)).


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