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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hero  \He"ro\,  n.;  pl  {Heroes}.  [F.  h['e]ros,  L.  heros,  Gr  ?.] 
  1.  (Myth.)  An  illustrious  man,  supposed  to  be  exalted,  after 
  death,  to  a  place  among  the  gods;  a  demigod,  as  Hercules. 
 
  2.  A  man  of  distinguished  valor  or  enterprise  in  danger,  or 
  fortitude  in  suffering;  a  prominent  or  central  personage 
  in  any  remarkable  action  or  event;  hence  a  great  or 
  illustrious  person. 
 
  Each  man  is  a  hero  and  oracle  to  somebody. 
  --Emerson. 
 
  3.  The  principal  personage  in  a  poem,  story,  and  the  like  or 
  the  person  who  has  the  principal  share  in  the  transactions 
  related;  as  Achilles  in  the  Iliad,  Ulysses  in  the  Odyssey, 
  and  [AE]neas  in  the  [AE]neid. 
 
  The  shining  quality  of  an  epic  hero.  --Dryden. 
 
  {Hero  worship},  extravagant  admiration  for  great  men,  likened 
  to  the  ancient  worship  of  heroes. 
 
  Hero  worship  exists,  has  existed,  and  will  forever 
  exist,  universally  among  mankind.  --Carlyle. 




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