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hero

  

      n   pl   , -roes  
1    a man distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility, fortitude, etc.  
2    a man who is idealized for possessing superior qualities in any field  
3      (Classical myth)   a being of extraordinary strength and courage, often the offspring of a mortal and a god, who is celebrated for his exploits  
4    the principal male character in a novel, play, etc.  
     (C14: from Latin heros, from Greek)  


Hero   [1]  
      n     (Greek myth)   a priestess of Aphrodite, who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while swimming the Hellespont to visit her  
Hero   [2]   , Heron  
      n   1st century a.d., Greek mathematician and inventor  
hero worship  
      n  
1    admiration for heroes or idealized persons  
2    worship by the ancient Greeks and Romans of heroes  
      vb   , hero-worship, -ships, -shipping, -shipped  
     (U.S.)   , -ships, -shiping, -shiped  
3    tr   to feel admiration or adulation for  
  hero-worshipper      n  
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Hero, Hero, hero worship, Herod

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