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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Heroism  \Her"o*ism\  (?;  277),  n.  [F.  h['e]ro["i]sme.] 
  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  --Hare. 
 
  Syn:  {Heroism},  {Courage},  {Fortitude},  {Bravery},  {Valor}, 
  {Intrepidity},  {Gallantry}. 
 
  Usage:  Courage  is  generic,  denoting  fearlessness  or  defiance 
  of  danger;  fortitude  is  passive  courage,  the  habit  of 
  bearing  up  nobly  under  trials,  danger,  and  sufferings; 
  bravery  is  courage  displayed  in  daring  acts  valor  is 
  courage  in  battle  or  other  conflicts  with  living 
  opponents;  intrepidity  is  firm  courage,  which  shrinks 
  not  amid  the  most  appalling  dangers;  gallantry  is 
  adventurous  courage,  dashing  into  the  thickest  of  the 
  fight.  Heroism  may  call  into  exercise  all  these 
  modifications  of  courage.  It  is  a  contempt  of  danger, 
  not  from  ignorance  or  inconsiderate  levity,  but  from  a 
  noble  devotion  to  some  great  cause  and  a  just 
  confidence  of  being  able  to  meet  danger  in  the  spirit 
  of  such  a  cause  Cf  {Courage}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  heroism 
  n  :  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"  [syn:  {gallantry},  {valor},  {valour},  {valorousness}, 
  {valourousness},  {valiance},  {valiancy}] 




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