Hero

He"ro

(?), n.;
pl. Heroes (#).
[F. hros, L. heros, Gr. .] 1. (Myth.) An illustrious man, supposed to be exalted, after death, to a place among the gods; a demigod, as Hercules.
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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.
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Each man is a hero and oracle to somebody.
Emerson.
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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 neas in the neid.
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The shining quality of an epic hero.
Dryden.
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Hero worship, extravagant admiration for great men, likened to the ancient worship of heroes.
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Hero worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally among mankind.
Carlyle.
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